Che cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli
se ne vanno?,
Installation im Pac Milano
Mario Tedeschi , © Alberto Garutti
important aspect of Garutti's artwork will not be apparent to most of the
employees. The strange surface impression of the benches is the result of
a special paint. This paint phosphorizes; in other words, it absorbs light
during the day and emits it when it gets dark. At night the benches are
dimly illuminated by a ghostly, yellowish light, which, however, is only
seen – if at all – by a temporary watchman. The title of the work tells
the tale: What happens in spaces when everyone has left them is an artwork
whose purported meaning ultimately cannot be confirmed by any viewer
because it only exists in his imagination.
"I think of different areas of the bank after the people
have left them", says Garutti about his work. "I imagined the furniture
and objects seeing daylight and night light, hearing noise and sounds
coming from neighboring areas or hearing the phone ring in the room."
Garutti's benches have a soul, and they feel very lonely at night in the
abandoned bank building. So it's a good thing that at least during the day
a few staff members sit on the benches and thus come into contact with
them. However, the social interaction is not limited to encounters between
people and the furniture. With his benches, Garutti also intends to
improve relations between employees. The utopian-romantic subtitle of his
work is: "Dedicated to everyone who will meet here."
cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli uomini se ne vanno?"
passiert in den Räumen, wenn die Menschen
Photos: Roberto Marossi