In Zipp’s work for Prague, as usual in his work, performance and installation will be connected. The public performance Properties of Metacontrast will include more parts – first a performative beginning with The New Breed, second a Procession within the area of former ČKD at Vysočany and third the Mass – a performance and party in the main space of our factory at Vysočany. The performance in the unreconstructed space will yield into an installation, which will stay exhibited for few months.
Properties of Metacontrast starts (mentally and physically) from the installation The New Breed that is already in Prague as a part of Tichy Ocean collection. The New Breed (shown at “Made in Germany” exhibition, Sprengel Museum Hannover in 2007) is an installation in the East German fire truck that includes a Cleopatra bust and seven live breeding and egg laying hens. The hens are involuntary actors in the art installation. Being part of a famous and expensive artwork the birds will be well cared for and become somehow a part of the museum staff. Well fed they seem to lead a normal happy life rewarding the artist with a constant production of eggs – a symbol not only for fertility but also a humoresque representation of the ongoing compulsive artistic production. Over this endless cycles of reproduction and egg production Cleopatra’s lifeless eternal head prevails. Cleopatra’s face is covered by a gold painted mask. Cleopatra, the truck and the state of origin of the truck have become history. In contrast to the hens they have stopped functioning. Is a museum only for the dead (things)? The functions live on in myths.