Artist Talk: Daniel Hauser and Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza


Hauser and Chiarenza have worked together on many different projects, often using the same objects and concepts in multiple exhibitions and situations. They adapt the common vocabulary of society that which acts like a tag in a non-/stable aesthetic. This was used in fifty fifty in which the big is versus the small but they are ‘equal halves’.

There is constant negotiations with architects, social workers, artists, and governments throughout their practice. Through looking at those they work with, Hauser and Chiarenza try to use context with aesthetics. An exploration of this is found in spaces. Performances are sometimes part of their work, but they mention that it is not necessary. The work must, however, answer their own questions.

Sharing information is very important to Hauser and Chiarenza. They work with intellectuals to determine why and understand the use of artwork in things such as philosophical texts. From this, they rephrase, rework and repeat the canon. The canon can be see throughout different subjects. The question of ‘What do we want to keep?’ is then directly correlated to the size of the space. This ties in the non-/stable aesthetic and the exploration of space in their answers to questions. Hauser and Chiarenza are able to get very hands on with the work they deal with. Works are ordered in the themes, especially those that deal with social order, so that the public understands.

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