64x84 cm | Filler, oak frame
I placed an amount of filler in the middle of a panel on the floor and then tried to distribute the volume as evenly as possible over the surface, using only my feet, wearing clogs. The work's visual expression is a result of my efforts.
Allocation of resources is perhaps the most crucial area of policy. It is also the field where the current ideologies differ most clearly. Material resources are always the result of work. But even if all people actually make the same amount of effort, relatively speaking, the resources are not distributed equally. Hence the argument for redistribution. But resources asymmetrical distribution is already the result of an ideological principle - the right of the strong. Problems arise when, as in today's different variants of social liberalism, one subsequently tries to compensate for an unequal system from above through centralized state power. Its own weight will always affect the result, in one direction or another. If, instead, we set up society according to the principle of equal value for all from the beginning, redistribution would not be necessary - resources would already be shared equally.
The shoes wore to produce this work is a modern variant of clogs, made of plastic. In French, clogs are called "sabot", which is the basis for the word sabotage. Possibly because when automatic looms were introduced in France, the workers threw their shoes into them to protest the machines making them redundant. In another way, you may also call this work a sabotage (in the sense of a collage, or frottage) as it is made by clogs.
This is the shoe of the common people, the shoe of the working class. Historically made in wood for use in factories and on the fields, but today, for example, healthcare workers widely use the plastic version. It is also popular as leisurewear for the mainstream, or the so-called masses.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.
Watch a video of me presenting this work in its premiere public appearance here.