European Influenza, 2005
Variable dimensions, 51st Venice Biennale, Romanian Pavilion
The Romanian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale was left empty, showing traces of past exhibitions, and the backdoor was opened to provide access to the city’s public life. The first materialization of the work, a 1,000-page reader with critical texts on the expansion of the European Union (edited by Marius Babias), was on display at the entrance of the pavilion. The work was also materialized by visitors, the media, and art professionals, who talked about it in discussions, reports, notes, writings, and media coverage.
Daniel Knorr born 1968 in Bucharest, lives and works in Berlin and Hong Kong.
Daniel Knorr's conceptual, often participatory approaches repeatedly raise the issue of historical, socio-political, economic and biopolitical phenomena in the context of art. In different genres he appropriates, transfers and materializes states of past, present and future. Thus, Knorr provides equestrian statues with balaclavas (Copenhagen 2009), sets up beggar robots in museums and public spaces (Wien 2012) or constructs a smoker's cab for the showroom of a museum (Bremen 2012).
Since 2012, the wall sculptures of his series Depression Elevations have been made from casts of uneven road surfaces or other surfaces in colored, semi-transparent polyurethane. During the 14th Documenta 2017, Daniel Knorr launched White's Expiration Movement, 10 hours daily and 163 days out of the tower above Kassel, while in Athens he was commissioned as a contemporary archaeologist, placing objects left on the streets whose impressions he pressed into books in front of the Documenta audience. Daniel Knorr negotiates a wide variety of realities and relationships, equally with humor and sincerity: he lets contours fade, contour or shine through them.