Nexus Architecture [Nexus Type Opera.tion]
Materials: 25 Nexus overalls: microporous polyamide, silkscreen print, zippers, head supports
Dimensions: 600 x 600 x 200cm or 450 x 550 x 200cm
Catalogued: pp122-127 Lucy Orta, Phaidon Press UK 2003
Exhibition history: 2012 9th Shanghai Biennial; 2008 Arkitekturmuseet Skeppsholmen, Stockholm; 2007 MOCA Miami; 2006 Center for Architecture New York; 2002 Contemporary Art Museum University of South Florida, USA; 2001 Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Köln
Courtesy: The Artists
“Each individual keeps an eye on, and protects, the other. One individual’s life depends on the life of the other. In Lucy’s work, the warmth of one gives warmth to the other. The physical link weaves a social link.” Paul Virilo, Refuge Wear, Editions Jean Michel Place (1994).
The body of work Nexus Architecture is regarded as an emblem of Orta’s practice. Nexus means link or bond. In this case, symbolic content is more important than functional. The connecting elements are direct embodiments of the idea of social link, a ‘social sculpture’ exhibited within the museum setting or worn in public spaces and used for ephemeral interventions.