At the entrance of the gallery the visitors will be overwhelmed by the visual appearance of heaps of raspberries and by their strong scent. The visitorsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ dazed senses will at the same time invoke the feeling of fertility, abundance and opulence but also the concern of transience, degradation and ephemerality of the matter. Raspberries are by nature very delicate and perishable, their deterioration starts almost instantly after they are picked. It is precisely this process of degradation that recalls the transiency and ephemerality of all of us.
This shock effect triggered by the abundance of raspberries is necessary to capture the attention of the spectators in order to sensitize them to the problems on which they otherwise might not reflect. With this 'sacrifice' of 800kg fresh raspberries I would like to point out that we must immediately react and tackle problems of pollution and destruction of the planet. Tomorrow will be to late. Such issues are often away from our sight and by drawing attention to this process of decay I want to upset the inner peace of the spectator. I would like him to think about these issues and hopefully even react.
After 7 days what remains of the raspberries will be cleaned up. In their place a video time-lapse of the rotting, recorded during the first 7 days, will be projected on the floor of the pavilion. Visitors will be able to walk on top of them.
In Christian art raspberries are the symbol of kindness. Its red juice is related to blood running through the heart, the place where by belief the kindness resides