Kilian Rüthemann at RaebervonStenglin, Zürich
Kilian Rüthemann makes sculptures using simple substances such as salt, sugar, bitumen or cement, interacting these with the fabric of the building that support them to form architectural interventions that alter the function of their known ingredients, allowing structural properties to expound their own logic.
The exhibition “Target as Frontside” at RaebervonStenglin, Zürich, takes its title from a text by the electronic music composer and theorist Dick Raaijmakers, whose scientific yet poetic thought experiments profoundly influence Rüthemann’s work. The phrase comes from Raaijmakers 1984 work METHOD and summarises an attempt to understand the way in which humans interact with the world through their use of tools, arriving at the conclusion that the person who ‘moves’ a thing or thought toward a ‘target’ can only ever see it from its frontside, for ‘… it will turn with him and follow him constantly with its frontside: like a lion following the hunter with his head. ’
Images courtesy of RaebervonStenglin, Zürich