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Sculptures

Clegg & Guttmann, Transcendence Ladder, 2019, wood, text, installation view KOW 2019
Clegg & Guttmann, Transcendence Ladder, 2019, wood, text, installation view KOW 2019

Wood, text, installation view KOW

Clegg & Guttmann, Humiliation II, 2019, wood, installation view KOW 2019
Clegg & Guttmann, Humiliation II, 2019, wood, installation view KOW 2019

A Two Person Game
Two players are encouraged to enter the object. They lift the sculpture on its side and crawl in and negotiate a coexistence inside.
Humiliation II is a modification of a Medieval torture instrument. The victims were often women, when men thought that they were cantankerous or garrulous, they shut them up inside a kind of wooden barrel to quarrel in close quarters.

Wood, installation view KOW

Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Exercise No. B2: Syncopating with the Machine Beat, 2006, metronome, sound system, drum set, installation view KOW 2019
Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Exercise No. B2: Syncopating with the Machine Beat, 2006, metronome, sound system, drum set, installation view KOW 2019

Turn the Metronome on at the rhythm you select, use the main switch on the floor to turn the machine sound on and off.
The present cognitive exercise invites the players to improvise on the drum set or dance on the pedestals to the sound of an ensemble of machines operating simultaneously. The players are encouraged to syncopate – to ‘play off’ of the rhythm, placing accents slightly before or after the beat, thereby mixing an individual rhythmic signature with the wall of mechanical sound. Syncopation is at the heart of jazz, what distinguishes it from traditional European music. It constitutes the listener as an active participant, superimposing his or her individual input into the primary musical source. Harmonic structures are of secondary importance, making it possible for mechanical rhythms and noises to be employed as musical sources. For this reason jazz is broadly regarded as the music of the modern metropolis, where thousands of different beats play together in unison and everyone is invited to join in.

Metronome, sound system, drum set, installation view KOW

Clegg & Guttmann, Measuring the World, 2011, installation view at Kunsthaus Graz
Clegg & Guttmann, Measuring the World, 2011, installation view at Kunsthaus Graz
Clegg & Guttmann, Measuring the World, 2011, installation view at Kunsthaus Graz

Installation views at Kunsthaus Graz

Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Excercise No. M1: Unstable Equilibrium Or the Prisoner’s Dilemma, 2006, mixed media, installation view KOW 2019
Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Excercise No. M1: Unstable Equilibrium Or the Prisoner’s Dilemma, 2006, mixed media, installation view KOW 2019

A Two Person Game
Two blindfolded players, identified as the column chooser and the row chooser, stand in front of their two respective options in the game matrix platform. Upon receiving a signal each moves in front of the ‘box’ decided upon (left or right in the case of the column chooser, up or down for the row chooser.) When both players make a choice they untie their blindfolds and place a flag in the position they arrived at jointly, obtaining their respective payoffs represented by the four pairs of numbers on the game board. The position up-left corresponds to the payoffs -1/-1, up-right: 0/-8, down-left: -8/0, down-right: -8/-8.


Mixed media, installation view KOW 2019

Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Exercise III: Continuous drawing / Exquisite Corpse, 2006, mixed media, installation view KOW 2019
Clegg & Guttmann, Cognitive Exercise III: Continuous drawing / Exquisite Corpse, 2006, mixed media, installation view KOW 2019

Five players stand around a column with a pentagon base, one stands in front of each surface. The surfaces are coated in blackboard paint so the participants can draw on them with chalks available for this purpose. The participants draw figures of each other on the different segments of the column. After a few minutes the players stop, each rotating their own segment either left or right, thereby each placing their drawing in front of another player. Next, each of the players continues the process, drawing a different face on the same segment now placed in front of them, using the drawing by another as an element in their own composition.

Mixed media, installation view KOW 2019

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Clegg & Guttmann

Michael Clegg and Yair Martin Guttmann were born in 1957 in Dublin and Jerusalem. They went to New York where they met at the School of Visual Arts in the class of Joseph Kosuth and have been working as an artist duo since 1980. In their photographs, installations, material collections, interviews and videos they explore and reinvent the genre of portraiture. They develop models for communication and collaboration that include and redefine the participation of the viewer.



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