This piece of temporary architecture introduces students and families to the work included in “Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962 -1972” co-produced by Walker Art Center and the Tate Modern, London. The intention was not to produce a Povera piece for the students to work within, but to interpret Arte Povera through an experience in the Walker Art Center’s Art Lab.
The teaching lab dissected artistic production into distinct processes: procuring, transforming, curating and observing. Following the Arte Povera artists’ interest in technology, we used three different 3M films to cover steel and acrylic “transformation pods.” Lenticular film mounted on retractable shades also hid existing cabinets, controlled access to the procurement bins, and provided an even backdrop to the pods. Procurement bins, curatorial pedestals, wall brackets and projection screens that completed the space were among the process-specific tools designed and fabricated.