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Artist portraits (43): Construction and Deconstruction Institute
Frankfurter Rundschau | 17.07.2002
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++++ First of all you need a supermarket and a bank. In Frankfurt you can find them almost automatically. Then a chemist. That's also easy. For pubs you need some experience because of the opening times and the repertoire. It gets complicated with clubs and galleries, at least when it is a matter of making distinctions: Important? Cool? Boring? Difficult when you are new in town.
And how useful that the Construction and Deconstruction Institute provides a bit of orientation in these questions which otherwise would not be open to visitors to the biennial. As a symbol for being thrown off in a strange place, namely, Frankfurt, Ioan Godeanu, co-founder of the Construction and Deconstruction Institute from Bucharest, has set up a freight container with parachutes attached in front of the Schirn Kunsthalle. That is already an indication that the place where it landed was not completely coincidental.
The floor of this One-way Ticket Worldwide Agency is covered by a highly magnified city map on which useful places have been marked with a felt pen, for instance, a laundromat and the Club King Kamehameha. Those who know Frankfurt can derive something of the preferences of the person with the felt pen. For them, virtual spaces emerge in the container and a hazy psychogram of the artist.
He founded the Institute with the contradictory name in 1998 together with Cosmin Gradinaru, Dan Panaitescu and Sergiu Negulici after all of them had been expelled from the Art Institute in Bucharest. "Strong deviations from school discipline" is a strange kind of argumentation for an art academy, at least it would be in western Europe. Against this background, the artist group’s founding represents a reaction to "a rigid and intolerant regime" and the wish to create a free, completely independent, although virtual space where ideas can be exchanged and standpoints presented. The quartet therefore conceives of itself above all as a "mental construction for furthering artistic projects of all kinds" and a "work in progress".
To date, the Institute has drawn attention to itself above all through performances and artistic actions. At present, however, the four Romanians are involved primarily with online animations, graphic art and advertising, which sounds like virtual spaces, but not necessarily independence. ani

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