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Public installation at intersection Kantstraße / Leibnitzstraße in Berlin: untitled 2021 (go for the good spirit) by Rirkrit Tiravanija

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If you have taken leave of your senses, you should try going after them… Rirkrit Tiravanija’s imperative “Go for the good spirit”, comes up against an overall sense of cluelessness and symptoms of fatigue after more than a year of the pandemic.

Image above: Photo by Eric Tschernow | © Klosterfelde Edition & the Artist

In April 2021, Tiravanija and Klosterfelde Edition presented an enamel sign, showing the same phrase, accompanied by a fourteen-page fax, that listed all of his suggestions for optimizing spaces.

Social practice, a central feature of Tiravanija’s work, is carried over into private, but also public space at a time, when only very limited collective projects and social gatherings are possible due to the pandemic. For the time being, we are all following suggestion # 7 of the fourteen-page fax: “During difficult times do breathing exercises in the light of the moon.”

The artwork by Rirkrit Tiravanija is a public installation on the facade of the Leibnitz Apotheke, intersection Kantstraße / Leibnitzstraße in 10625 Berlin-Charlottenburg. It was commissioned by Stefan Rezepa.

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