Using a forklift, Bernar Venet battles a pile of long steel bars that he lifts then drops to the ground in random disorder.
This performance that we’ll qualify as a “Sculpture Action” is performed in my studio in Le Muy, France, before a group of people invited to the occasion. After having set up a 50 ton pile of steel bars – the majority of them with a cross section of 110 millimeters and a length of about 8 meters, I attacked this well-organized pile with a forklift with the objective of creating disorder, a dispersal with an unpredictable final result.
This work has close relation to Accident Pieces with the use of straight bars, but also with the idea of decay associated to the two conflicting principles of indeterminates / determined.
SAUSSET Damien, La dispersion comme hypothèse de travail in GOLDBERG Roselee, PEDRINI Enrico et SAUSSET Damien (dir.), Bernar Venet : Performances, etc. 1961-2006, Milan, Editions Charta, 2006, pp. 214.