Most people would agree that the present world is in a state of crisis. The global financial system, where everyone compete to gain an advantive position, often gets all the blame. But is competition only something negative or is it something profound in human nature? How does competition affect human relations?
These are the central themes in T.E.R.R.Y, a new project by the italian/mexican artist duo Pathosformel, in which they investigate the phenomenon of competition from a scientific approach. In the last year they have made 3 different eksperiments all connected to the study of competition. Amongst other they have examined how competition works in social situations. For example, they have held workshops with children based on the traditional childrens game “The Chair Game”, in which you are always one chair short in relation to the numbers of participants.
At the event Samtalekøkken (Conversation Kitchen) the 20 March 2013 they will present a light installation (a part of the final art work), which is a moving system of light and plants, that individually attempts to gain an advantive position in relation to the same amount of light. With all the initial experiments for T.E.R.R.Y Pathosformel investigate the utopian idea of a world free from competition. The final realisation of T.E.R.R.Y displays 7 April 2013 at the Santarcangelo Festival, Italy.
Pathosformel always works with clear and strong visual aesthetics. Since 2007 they have developed and performed several prize-winning works at festivals and theatres around Europe including Institute of Comtemporary Art in London, Uovo performing art festival in Milano, and the Grec Festival in Barcelona.
Pathosformel (Daniel Blanga-Gubbay and Paola Villani) are artists-in-residence with Atelier Hotel Pro Forma in Spring 2013.