Unmolding of a cabinet’s content

Creator: 
Serge III
Performer: 
Serge III
Theoretical background: 

One day in 1964, I think, I read that the Ancient Greeks used to decorate their amphorae, not for posterity, but to encourage the consumer to buy the wine that these jars contained. From there, I realized that the container is always a function of the content and that, the content essentially always overrides the container. Content-container, message-language, substance-form, same battle.

To materialize this concept, I made casts of the interiors of containers. Be they the contents of bottles, cigarette packs, coffee, cameras, cabinets.

It’s a Roman work to waste twenty bags of plaster, pouring them, bucket by bucket, into the cabinet by climbing on a ladder.

Occurence: 
Objets: 

moulage en béton du contenu de l'armoire

Technique description référence: 
moulage en béton du contenu de l'armoire
Description: 

Serge III, in front of witnesses, fills a cabinet with concrete that he will unmold after drying.

Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin
Serge III | photographie de la performance "Démoulage du contenu d'armoire", 1988 | © Serge III - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © DR | courtesy Hélène Jourdan Gassin