daniel libeskind + moroso reveal counting the rice table for marina abramovic daniel libeskind + moroso reveal counting the rice table for marina abramovic
oct 30, 2014

daniel libeskind + moroso reveal counting the rice table for marina abramovic

daniel libeskind + moroso reveal counting the rice table for marina abramovic
all photos by gianni antoniali

 

 

 

moroso has released a limited edition of 30 tables designed by daniel libeskind, which gives tangibility to artist marina abramovic‘s performance ‘counting the rice’. the exercise is part of a series of workshops presented by MAI, involving the labor-intensive separating and counting of grains of rice and lentils for a minimum of six hours while remaining seated. the experience aims to explore the performer’s physical and psychological limits and the transfiguration of an everyday action into a meditative ritual.

 

abramovic chose moroso as her main partner in this project, releasing a collection of limited-edition design objects related to the projects of MAI, of which the ‘counting the rice’ table is a crucial component. libeskind’s angular stylistic approach is prevalent in the table’s acute corners, which form a seat and surface for the performer to use.

daniel libeskind marina abramovic counting the rice table
libeskind’s angular stylistic approach is prevalent in the table’s acute corners, which form a seat and surface

daniel libeskind marina abramovic counting the rice table
‘counting the rice’ table

daniel libeskind marina abramovic counting the rice table
detail of the inscription

  • If Daniel Libeskind designed a football it would have sharp angles and jagged edges. He seems unable to consider the nature of a design problem. His knee-jerk solution to every design is to force triangular shapes onto it regardless of whether it is appropriate or not.

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