PAPER/MIDWESTERN OCEAN

1st Edition, Minneapolis, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1971

2nd Edition, Vienna, Secession, The Death of the Audience, 2009

3rd Edition, Torino, Artissima, Back to the Future, 2010

4th Edition, Metz, Centre Pompidou, Erre. Variations Labyrinthiques, 2011-12

5th Edition, Praga,  Futura Gallery, Glass of Water , 2013

6th Edition,  Briey-en-Foret Cité Radieuse Le Corbusier/ Galerie Blanche, 2013
7th Edition, exhibition Architetture Naturali/Gianni Pettena, Kunst Meran/Merano Arte, Meran, 2017


A forest of suspended strips of paper, a conference room completely filled with these strips of paper. Everyone who came to hear the lecture was given a pair of scissors with which to cut a way through the strips. To meet up with the others, as there were several entrances to the room, the participants had to create various tunnels and clear a space in the middle. When everyone had reached the center of the room (from which all the chairs had been removed beforehand), Gianni Pettena started his lecture with the audience seated on the cut strips of paper piled on the floor. This “lesson” about space was an integral part of the lecture as the space, although created in a fairly random way, had been identified and therefore “constructed” by each of the participants.

Kunst Meran/Merano Arte, Meran, 2017
Kunst Meran/Merano Arte, Meran, 2017