UND ENDLICH. An Installation in Alpine Space on the Theme of Time
A project by GÆG (Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber)
Location: Julier Pass, Graubünden, Switzerland
Dates of the installation: July 31 to September 17, 2021
On July 24, 2021 the artist duo GÆG (Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber) will install a large clock near Fuorcla digl Leget, into a remote, romantic natural gateway not far from the Julier Pass. Individuals who approach the clock will experience something that would normally be impossible: they witness the deceleration and standstill of time.
Once again, their love for the mountains and nature sparked a new art project by GÆG. Approaching their projects with humor and originality, the artist duo goes spares no effort and shows no fear in taking the long way. Founded in 2005 by the Munich-based artists Wolfgang Aichner and Thomas Huber, GÆG (global aesthetic genetics) has developed a clock that stands still as soon as someone gets close to it for their project UND ENDLICH.
The collective GÆG is known for their spectacular but subtle art projects that unfold in the pristine landscape. One of their more memorable projects is passage2011 (2011) in which these artist-alpinists pulled a red plastic boat, weighing some 150 kilograms, by hand over the main Alpine crest and brought it to the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2013 they undertook a powerwalk, in which they carried portable-sized wind generators across Vatnajökull in Iceland, Europe’s largest glacier. With linear 2017, GÆG hiked a rectangular route in the western USA while alternately carrying a silver ball-point pen on their backs, mapping imaginary geopolitical boundaries that cut across the states of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.
In the summer of 2021 the artist duo is planning an Alpine art project near the Julier Pass in Switzerland, a work dedicated to the current theme of slowing down time. The bizarre natural architecture of this perforated rock formation created by natural erosion is unto itself an unusual phenomenon, and now a giant clock will hang in the frame of this gateway at the top of the world. As one approaches, the hands of this clock noticeably slow down, and when one reaches the formation, the second hand stops moving completely. When one then moves away from the structure and the second hand begins to move again, then, at the very latest, one clearly understands one’s personal ability to influence the motions of the clock (or perhaps the movement of time itself).
Access to the project from the Julier Pass is quite easy—a three-hour hike (round trip) manageable for all art and nature lovers. This artwork is being produced in a period of pandemic, and all existing and necessary guidelines and safety precautions are being maintained. The installation is created in collaboration with the administration of the Canton of Graubünden and the communal government of the districts of Surses and Domleschg. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the project has the most minimal ecological footprint possible.
Approximately one week before the installation is completed, the individual parts of the work will be transported up the mountain in an artistically staged “caravan” including volunteers and staff. The project is being photographically documented, and this video and photographic footage will be maintained throughout the project. This material will be made available for publicity purposes upon request, after the installation is complete (by July 30th).
We would be very pleased to have you join us in following the progress of the project UND ENDLICH – either digitally or, optimally, directly on site. There is a guesthouse at the beginning of the path to the installation. We will inform you in advance about upcoming press and opening dates. Due to pending changes in regulations in relation to COVID-19, we cannot announce these dates at this time.
We would be happy to arrange an interview with the artists or a site visit. We would be happy to talk with you about the project and would welcome you featuring the project in your medium.