2011, installation, variable dimensions, realized during the opening weekend of the MAS
A dialogue between the public, Cristian Bors and Marius Ritiu
P: What are you doing?
CB: We are making hands.
MR: Give us a hand to move the MAS!
P: What do you mean?
MR: As you already know, those who wanted their hand made out of bronze and attached to the wall of
the MAS, (Museum aan den Stroom ) had to pay a certain amount of money. But the thing is that the
museum was built out of public money, so in fact everybody who pays taxes would have been entitled
to have a hand on the wall.
CB: So we decided that during the festivities for the museum`s opening, that lasted 4 days, we should
make a performance at the Marion De Cannière Gallery, situated inside the festivities` area. We want to
create a low budget monument as an alternative, and give the opportunity to participate to anyone who
would like to have a hand attached to the wall of the gallery.
P: How long does it take?
MR: More or less 30 minutes: first we are taking a mold with plaster bandages after your hand, then we
are taking photos of the same hand and then we print and glue the photos on the mold. Afterwards, we
attach the hand to the façade of the gallery.
P: Won`t they be destroyed by rain and wind?
CB: That`s the point. We are using cheap materials that don`t last in time, in order to create an
ephemeral artwork. We expect that rain will wash away the pictures and in the same time the identity
of its owner.
MR: The hands are going to be attached there probably for one month and we are going to document
the changes that will occur. After that, the ones that participated to the project can come to the gallery
and claim their hand.
Action and exhibition:
13.05.2011 - 16.05.2011, Mas(s) moving, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp, BE