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#70 Rirkrit Tiravanija
untitled 2010 (all the days on the autobahn), 2010

Peugeot 205, Edelstahl, gefärbtes Glas, Aluminium, Kaffeetasse
198 h x 237 x 430 cm

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Geboren 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentinien
Lebt und arbeitet in New York, USA

"What is your favourite artwork?" RT: "Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. Every time I think about it, it makes me piss." From an interview with Nicola Bourriaud and Eric Troncy in documents sur l'art no. 5, Février 1994, pp. 36

untitled 2010 (all the days on the autobahn), is a work extending from a series that I have been working on over the past ten years. It is biographical and also a documentation of the artist and art in action, where the boundaries of life and art merge into one becoming indistinguishable from each other. The artist in his daily life; his movement through time and space becomes his practice. In response to the quotation above which I said many many years ago, the question for me as an artist is how does one continue to make art after Duchamps readymade? In some ways I found art to be defined by the action taken upon the object, the use of the object when one lives with it; with action and usage one is asked to form meaning. The Peugeot 205 was a car I drove while living in Berlin, it was an economical and efficient utility vehicle - it took me to many places where I had to travel for work, and a so I formed a deep relationship with it. Over time and with all my other concerns, the car became redundant and I placed it aside, and with this work, I encased it and returned it to its original state -- as the readymade. On its heel (rear left wheel) a riddle can be found written on a crushed up coffee cup that states, "is this all there is to life".