Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Armor E

Hard-shell protection parts originating from various sport uniforms, sandblasted light tables, neon light pipes, stainless steel punctured walls

Burial sites are extremely satisfying for archeologists, as they provide a
“Closed context” site (the objects all relate to one specific moment in time), full cultural, religious, and scientific evidence. The Archeologist Howard Carter must have been one happy fellow as he in November 1922 discovered the tomb of the Egypt pharaoh Tutankhamun. Along wooden shrines and an amazing array of statues, furniture and jewelry the grave contained board games and playing balls. We may assume that the Archaeologist, opening a grave that has been sealed more than 3000 yeas ago and finding a ball, must felt in that moment an emotional mental connection to this ancient fellow human being. . It also has to be mentioned at this point that first of all Mr. Carter came to Egypt to work as a artist and illustrator that was copying inscriptions and paintings.
King or pawn, the ball and the player have always been the heart of the drama.
Presented on light tables the installation Armor E could be a bizarre find of an archaeological digging site
The works consists out of hard-shell protection parts taken from various sport uniforms. Especially sports like ice hockey or American football with hard physical contact developed unique uniforms that transform the game into a fantastic visual event.
The pieces were puzzled together- rearranged to form a male and female body.
Are they the ancient King and Queen of Sport rituals?

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