About the relative size of things in the universe
About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe – shown as a continuous loop on a special projection setup. The film shows the assembly and disassembly of George Nelson's StrucTube system. This has been reconstructed by Martin Beck on the basis of historical photos.
Presented for the first time as part of the Martin Beck exhibition "The details are not the details" in May and June 2007 at the Orchard Gallery (New York).
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StrucTube is Beck's reconstruction of a modular exhibition system originally developed by George Nelson in 1948. This system is an early forerunner of many portable exhibition systems from the 1950s and 1960s, when it was thought that an exhibition apparatus could be used to implement the emancipatory utopia of the exhibition as a communication format. Beck's reconstruction is presented as a single work as well as a functional exhibition system by Ault and Beck for their installation as such.
As a sculpture, the installation was on display at the Vienna Secession as part of the exhibition.
Julie Ault / Martin Beck, Installation, Secession 2006
Orchard Gallery (New York, USA)
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Hessel Museum of Art (New York, USA)
Exhibition "MODERNISM: ON AND OFF THE GRID" (Martin Beck, VALIE EXPORT, Dan Graham, Dorit Margreiter, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Superstudio) curated by Niko Vicario