Horizontal Alphabet (black)

Katinka Bock
Salle Casemate du fort Saint-Jean | From Friday 25 August 2017 to Sunday 25 August 2019

  • Salle Casemate (Pillbox Room) at Fort Saint-Jean—Free entry

Spread across the floor of the Salle Casemate (Pillbox Room) at Fort Saint-Jean, Horizontal Alphabet (black) was commissioned by the Cnap (National Centre for Visual Arts) and comprises stepping stones made of rectangular black ceramic bricks.

Much of German artist Katinka Bock’s artwork bears witness to the special attention she gives to the human scale, and this is also true of Horizontal Alphabet (black), in which the size of each brick is determined by a handprint or a footprint. This piece is based on human diversity and repetition: nothing is ever completely identical. The work of art uses the individuality and universality of humankind as its starting points. Hand, foot, thumb and femur are all bodily measurements that once served (or still serve) as units of measurement. There is no standard brick. Depending on region, country and culture, these units of measurements vary more or less, as a function of traditions, customs or fashions. Installed beginning in summer 2017, the ceramics of Horizontal Alphabet (black) are designed to disappear over time. In the meanwhile, visitors should take care to avoid walking on the art...

Horizontal Alphabet (black) is part of a programme of artistic commissions sponsored by the French National Centre for Visual Arts (Cnap): the resulting pieces are intended to be presented in public spaces, primarily outdoors, on display around the country over a short period of time (one to three years). The Cnap will retain all of the instructions so that a new version of the art can be installed at each step.

Katinka Bock was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1976. She lives and works between Paris and Berlin. The winner of the Ricard Foundation prize (2012) and the Villa Médicis prize (2012/2013), her work was recently exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (USA), MAMCO in Geneva (Switzerland), KIOSK in Ghent (Belgium) and MUDAM in Luxembourg.