Post-European Rage Room was a sculptural and sound installation that activated through a performative event. The installation functions as a representation of a structural element; a pillar with monumental aesthetics, historical references and transmutations.
[…]The various narratives of European philosophy and Reason, as well as the overwhelming efforts of constructing a geographically based European identity, are crumbling down. Our generation is facing the end of Ratio-Reason and Europe has missed its chance of creating the foundations for a better living. [...]The fossilized classic symbols of Europe remain unchanged, untouchable taboos carrying a stagnant meaning. Their historical legitimization, resting on a pedestal that rises high above and far away from the present, obstructs any kind of dialogue with the present and the future.
The installation functions as a representation of a structural element; a pillar with monumental aesthetics, historical references and transmutations.
After taking a short quiz, tokens in the shape of EU stars were given to each visitor, which can be then exchanged for the amount of time and the tool that they wanted to use in order to destroy the pillar and the symbols which lay hidden inside of it. The design of the objects-symbols that constitute the installation, is the result of an automatic process of production of signified symbols without meaning, thus rendering design into a tool for the reproduction of stereotypical predetermined copies. The destruction of the objects-symbols becomes an organic procedure, as it takes place inside a space that is transformed into a “rage room”.[...]
The pillar was gradually transformed into archaeological debris, a collective work made/de-constructed by the visitors/participants.
Materials: plaster, stucco, plywood
Design, Concept, Research, Design Performance: Niki Danai Chania, D. Tampakis
Music: F. Raskovic