A Gift by Silvio Vujičić has a capacity to detect and provoke the many meanings of the gift. It is crystallization and sublimation. A hazardous dose of crystalline xanthine alkaloid, better known as caffeine, one of the strongest unregulated psychostimulant on the market in a form of five artifacts. Positioned on heating plates, artifacts are vehicles. They facilitate the transformational activity of whose essence we can say nothing more than that it is immense in its potential, certain crystallization between pleasure and accident. While heated, the sculptures saturate the atmosphere of Kulturfolger space induced by sublimation of 99% pure caffeine crystal. Now, for only one night we are gifting you with stimulation, pleasure and invigoration only while you are breathing. Don’t despair; the antidote is in the gallery window, neither inside nor outside. A crystalline structure of Potassium Ferricyanide (III) whose figure is tentatively assembled, frozen at a specific moment in the process of its materialisation. This chemical compound, as story goes, was initially used in the production of ultramarine dyes known as Prussian Blue. A beauty used in painting as a cure to radioisotope poisoning.
A poison, and a gift, or both? It’s up to you.
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