At Milan's Fondazione Prada, the four-part project "Slight Agitation" continues this month with a presentation of a site-specific, pheromone-scented work by the Swiss artist Pamela Rosenkranz.
"Slight Agitation" sets out to present a series of newly commissioned, site-specific works in the Fondazione Prada, whose new Milan venue was conceived by Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA. A transformation of a 1910s distillery, the new venue combines seven pre-existing buildings and three new structures.
The new works are presented in the spaces of the Cisterna -- one of the pre-existing elements, made up of three vertical structures that once contained cisterns for producing distillates.
The series is presenting interventions by artists who differ considerably in both their philosophies and their use of materials, but all have been commissioned to create a dialogue with the Cisterna.
In the first installment, "Slight Agitation 1/4," Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih created three different environments within the venue, all part of an "inhabited game": a theater housed an ephemeral brick construction that visitors could rearrange freely, a "blind room" invited visitors to place their arms in wall openings for a tactile discovery; and a sculpture of L-shaped panels could be turned into a labyrinth.
On February 9, "Slight Agitation 2/4" opens, debuting Pamela Rosenkranz's "Infection," based on a neuro-active parasite. A mountain of sand stands at the work's center, impregnated with a fragrance of synthetic cat pheromones, while RGB green light illuminates the sand's peak and evaporates the scent.
The green light will also serve to turn the building into a luminous object as seen from outside and will intensify as day turns to night.
Further installments in the "Slight Agitation" series will feature the work of Brazilian artist Laura Lima and the Austrian collective Gelitin.
"Slight Agitation 2/4" runs from February 9 - May 14.