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Rob Voerman


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

This work reflects one of Pittsburgh's most famous landmarks, the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, which features unique nationality rooms highlighting different cultures from around the world. This piece consists of a geometric structure that partially resembles a fragment of that building. The cardboard structure is extended and the inside is both dark and light, with outside sound being filtered, therefore allowing the space to become like a small classroom that also resembles a capsule. I encourage people to initiate small workshops, events, and meetings that can be held inside this work, preferably when ruminating over the idea of renewing our ideas for the future. There is space for approximately 20 visitors inside.

The nationality rooms at the Cathedral of Learning reflect distinctive different heritages, but in this room the nationality is undefined. Visitors will have their own associations and will interpret layers of the work in their own way. The space both points toward and reflects on the future, and also encourages stimulation, contemplation, and reflection on themselves and their own ideas. Certain elements within the work, like the recycled materials and the way the concept of learning has been visualized, also reflect on issues regarding ecology and sustainability, and the financial and global structures that must be revisited and renewed over the coming decades. Faculty is a mixture of utopia, destruction, and beauty, and combines the romanticism of the log cabin with its antithesis - the implied malevolence of the Unabomber's cabin. This space is a hybrid between dwellings, caves, primitive huts, and cathedrals.



About The Artist

Dutch artist Rob Voerman creates post-apocalyptic structures from found materials that he describes as a mixture of utopia, destruction, and beauty, bringing to mind caves, primitive huts, and/or cathedrals. Since his graduation in 1996 from The Art School, Kampen, NL, he has exhibited all over the world including at the Hammer Museum, UCLA, The General Foundation, Vienna, and the Architectural Association, London, and participated in residencies at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, NY.


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