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stocktaking




STOCKTAKING is an installative piece which puts the exhibition visitor, quite literally, in the center of attention. It is meant to be presented in an empty store (preferably: either in an economically flourishing area - e.g. downtown Munich - or the opposite, an area of economic struggle - e.g. Athens in the years of the crisis). That way, on an interpretative level, it can be linked to both: a personal and a sociopolitical situation. The installation consists in a changing room. Inside, the changing room is divided into two sections, a small entrance area and a main room. On the floor of the main room, which has a squared format, a cross shaped mark indicates another subdivision of the space into four equal sections/smaller squares. In each section/square, there is a mirror. In the small area, which is to be entered first, there is a clothes hook and the following instruction to be found:


1. Take off your clothes.
2. Go to the first section of the main room. Look at yourself in the mirror. Stand still and let your gaze wander over your reflection. Let it return to your eyes once in a while. Do this for a longer period of time (1 min or more).



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3. Go to the second section of the room. Look at yourself as described above.



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4. Go to the third section of the room. Look at yourself as described above.



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5. Go to the fourth section of the room. Look at yourself as described above.



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6. Put on your clothes. The stocktaking is completed.  




Benno Hinkes © Installation - Stocktaking