Alicja Kwade—ParaPivot, Contemporary Art Installation | Met Exhibitions

My name is Alijca Kwade, I’m an artist from Berlin. When the Met asked me to do commission, I
was very happily surprised. I mean it’s the rooftop of human history. It’s very symbolic to put something on the
“hat”, let’s say, atop of all we have achieved in the last thousands and thousands
of years. My work actually is about structures. And time is one structure. It’s very basic forms, you have squares and
spheres. And the frames stand for human made systems,
we build buildings for the development of our reality but also for the development of
our society. And I tried to get stones from all over the
world—from India, Finland, Italy, China, and I try somehow to meld our planet earth
back together. So it’s like looking at yourself from a very
strange perspective. They look like planets because they are stones
and they are millions and millions of years old, so it is like compressed time. It’s a lot about time and space so I try
somehow to look at those both systems and how they interact. In my studio, you know, we did like a 3-D
animation to see how it would appear and interact with the skyline. I was not getting that far to calculate the
position of the moon, but of course I was hoping those moments when the two other spheres
which are you know guiding us all the day and all the year would appear from time to
time. What I’m fascinated about is basic human questions
as what reality is, why we are here, and the limitation of our senses which are not allowing
us to ever really answer those questions.

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