ART IS SHIT, 2020
65 x 36 x 18 cm
ProvenanceThe sculptural installation ENOUGH consists of different historical building fragments from Amsterdam's 17th, 18th and 19th century monuments. The Municipality of Amsterdam has granted him possession of these architectural remains, which Pittas sees as a part of our collective memory, carrying knowledge and cultural-historical value.
ENOUGH is based on the idea that hidden stories can be found in our material objects. The union of historical objects and contemporary discourse can create a sense of continuity of time and history, while at the same time revealing how people and places are connected and represented through the material aspects of our culture.
The work is inspired by the manifesto appeared in the BBK Krant newspaper on August 19, 1977. In Pittas' work, language is thought in its performativity aspect, functioning as a form of social action and has the effect of change. Bringing this concept even further, the Kunst is shit text is translated to English through an app and read aloud: the glitches in the app make almost impossible for the performer to follow the text, underlining the limits of technology as well as the impossibility of a correct transposition.