Variance Invariance Project (ViV) with participant, Thomas Berding (East Lansing, MI), 2013
flashe, latex, wood, nuts and bolts; letterpress text materials; corrugated plastic shipping box, 215d 0h, Dimensions Variable
Variance Invariance (ViV) addresses art objects as things that move between individuals and that illuminate and are illuminated by those who produce and exchange them. Like my ongoing project, Carapace, I designed ViV to be dismantled and reconfigured again and again. From September 2013 to January 2014, ViV traveled to a series of individual participants who assembled the work however they wanted, documented it, and shipped it back to me. By sharing the works privately with individuals and later in galleries and museums – alongside the project documentation – ViV is an experiment in collaborative design and alternative platforms for artistic engagement. At the same time it also affirms the gallery’s role as site for social discourse.