Participation in art-making "IHME. Clay and the Collective body" with Antony Gormley

Jan van Boeckel

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproduction


IHME project. Clay and the Collective Body featured a huge clay cube that was both a challenge and a shared bodily experience. Designed specifically for Helsinki and realised for the first time here, Gormley's work brought together Mass, Space and Energy in a response to the aims of the Pro Arte Foundation Finland: to ask questions about who make art, how art can be made and who it can be for. The Clay and the Collective Body project started with a clay cube the size of a small house (4 x 4 x 4 m) and weighing 100,000 kilograms, housed in a well-lit, humidified pneumatic building. In the first phase of the project (from 22 to 24 March), the public was allowed to view the constructed cube. In the second phase (from 25 March to 3 April), the public had an opportunity to work on and with the clay and to use it to make objects of any kind, big or small, alone or with others. The work took place in four-hour sessions, with a maximum of about 2,000 participants. Services were provided on site to ensure uninterrupted work on the project.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art


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