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Suicide Tools - More than just breaking a taboo
The artist Zandmann launches "Suicide Tools" and forces viewers to engage in radical debate
Suicide tools made of solid concrete, sturdy steel and elegant wood, which can induce suicide of their users in various ways: In his new works the artist Zandmann creates something extraordinary: a suicide tool as individual as the human being himself, for an end of life between contemplation and design. Zandmann moves playfully, disturbingly and mercilessly between breaking taboos and artistic freedom: "My art is the most radical possibility for contemplation and examination of the self," says the artist.
The room-filling sculptures automatically create a suction effect. The viewer should not be able to escape being part of the sculptures as well as their antagonists. For the artist, the quality does not lie in the shock effect. Zandmann seeks the meditative confrontation: "The visitors should take a seat. They should come to rest and examine their own highly individual position in life." The possibility to decide on the Absolute is inspiration to reflect on the actual.
"Individual Suicide Tools for a better World" - This is why the works, as products of a supercapitalist world full of narcissism and egocentricity, can be individually configured, are aesthetically pleasing and fit stylistically into our design-oriented living culture.
The significance of the works of art is divided into three areas:
1. the conceptual idea: "The end of art is peace" Using the suicidal moment as a source of artistic inspiration.
2. the intellectual and emotional confrontation: the process begins through the confrontation with the machines
3. the aesthetic meaning: the object effect beyond its function.
Currently, the ensemble of suicide machines consists of six installations. These are: "Burning Man", "Heaven", "Catapult", "Mindblower One", "Mindblower Two" and "Daybed". They all bear the Zandmann logo, the three-pointed star and are made of high-quality materials such as concrete, steel, chrome or fine woods. All Zandmann machines can be individually configured - as for example with the wood types and lacquers.
One of the most visually confrontational works is the daybed. It consists of an ergonomically shaped lounger made of high-quality oiled cherry wood, mounted on chrome-plated spring steel and two vertical steel plates 2.50 metres high and 1.50 metres wide. The noble wooden couch is comfortable and invites you to sit down and relax. Both steel plates bear the Zandmann logo in the upper third. The "reaction plate" does not protrude quite vertically upwards. It is secured to the fixed, vertical plate with a steel cable and then falls onto the couch when the two so-called „activation buttons“ are pressed. With its weight of 900 kilograms, the plate reaches a speed of 7 meters per second. The daybed is weatherproof and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Zandmann is a European artist. He studied art at one of the most renowned European academies of art and graduated there as a "master student" and „master of art“. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Asia, the USA and Europe and were shown at Art Basel, Frieze Art Fair and Art Cologne, among others. He is represented in renowned collections and museums worldwide.
Due to the complex legal situation regarding active euthanasia and suicide in numerous countries, the artist wishes to remain anonymous for the time being.
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