Iris Häussler
Putting Things In Order


Putting Things In Order

1998/ 1999
Volkommen Gewöhnlich (Absolutely ordinary)
Kunstverein Freiburg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunstsammlung Gera, Germany.

Liegt in der Familie (It's in the family)
ISART Gallery, München, Germany.


A room in a public gallery of arts. Two chairs and two stools. A table with four drawers. Three of the four drawers contained about twenty rubber stamps each, collections of words describing emotional states, coordinates of place and time, terms for family relationships. Photographs were placed in the fourth drawer, pictures of abandoned rooms and traces of human contact, titled on the back as if they were once part of an archive. Stamp pads, stacks of paper and pencils were offered on the table.

The visitors were invited to work at the table. They could take their works away with them, leave them behind or exchange them with the remaining works of previous visitors.

  Putting Things In Order
Die Dinge Ordnen, Kunstverein Freiburg
(Putting Things In Order, Kunstverein Freiburg)


  Putting Things In Order
(Stamp drawer)


  Putting Things In Order
(Photo drawer)


  Putting Things In Order
Photo aus der Sammlung
(Photo from the collection)


Iris Häussler
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