The Radiation Piece – Chronik einer Suche
audio stereo, 8`48``, Kunsthalle Bern, 2016


The project searches for traces of early conceptual art and deals with the capturing and archiving of
the immaterial and ephemeral. It is a research project on a work by the American artist Robert Barry.
In 1969 he deposited a radioactive element in a room on the top floor of the Kunsthalle Bern,
Uranyl Nitrate (UO2 (NO3)2). In 2009 Barry spoke about his work in an interview with Mathieu
Copeland and stated: «As far as I know, it‘s still there!» and «Time is the essence of this piece».
A guided tour to the top floor of the building and an audio piece in the empty vestibule intended
to recall Robert Barry‘s work. The audio piece is composed of text fragments of texts, quotes from
Barry himself, and texts that trace the research of his work.

Audio: The Radiation Piece