interview with ruprecht von kaufmann
rvk – you turned your back on the art world for many years. what were the reasons for this?
raa – i did not abandon the art world in the classical sense, i felt that the prescribed paths were somewhat boring. i had started to exhibit in the security sectors in the mid-nineties. the spatial occupation and the artistic possession of these areas, through the presentation of my work, raised the eminently interesting question of the value and availability of art. disinvitation cards informed the public of the location, time and number of exhibited works. because private persons were denied access to these areas, those who had been uninvited had to visualize the exhibition for themselves.
rvk – what exactly happened?
raa – ’pioneering security’ was an unequivocal success, however in unexpected areas. even the first of these installations lead to a physical confrontation, the doctors in a berlin hospital were in total disagreement about the works presented in the operating theatres. the works were unceremoniously removed after a brawl in which some of the works were badly damaged. the logical conclusion to this reaction were the ‚pioneers security‘ actions, the security of the pioneer was assured by sealing the work in a box. cultivable land, bookshelves and industrial production sites were conquered by installations of these boxes. this series would be no longer possible today after the events of the 11th of september and the resulting security measures. for example, a metal box with contents unknown to the company directors of mercedes benz ag was encased in the concrete fundaments factory hall under construction in their main factory in sindelfingen. this would be totally unthinkable today for the reasons given above. the ‚engineering security‘ project forms the third part of the security series. a virtual security area was constructed together with arup and archimation in one of the houses under construction in potsdamer platz in berlin. the architect’s bureau of sir richard rogers provided the requisite plans. my exploration of artistic media had thus come to its conclusion, there was no going back to hanging art on walls in conventional locations. so i started to look for other media. read all