Erwin Wurm

Born 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. Lives and works in Limberg and Vienna, Austria.


One Minute Sculpture

Digital photos

The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has spent more than two decades investigating what a sculpture is and what it could possibly be. In the interactive series One Minute Sculpture the artist invited the audience to no longer be an observer, but an active participant in the creation process. Through illustrations and brief written instructions the visitor was encouraged to interact with everyday objects and become a living work of art for the duration of sixty seconds. Choreographed in different, awkward or funny positions, the short amount of time can feel like an eternity in this context. The sculpture ceases to exist when an item is no longer endorsed or when the participant gets tired.

The photos in this exhibition show the documentation of this process and they are a selection of the very first photos taken in this series.

The One Minute Sculptures series began in the late 80s. The works have been created based on given conditions and are neither large-scale nor technically complicated. They are examples of contemporary sculptures, characterized by spontaneity, humor and playfulness; at the same time, they are inherently dark and serious. The images raise questions of what a sculpture is, how long it lasts, and the means by which it is created.