Measuring the Universe: Roman Ondák

February 13 – 16, 2020

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A4 invites visitors to participate in a performance artwork by Roman Ondák, Measuring the Universe, in collaboration with the Rennie Collection, at the Cape Town Art Fair 2020.

The Cape Town Art Fair is the city's largest art event, marketplace and exchange. A4 interacts with the fair as a curious participant, offering the public a space to interact with art.

For the duration of the 2020 fair, members of the A4 team offer to measure each visitor's height, using their name, as well as the date of their visit, as a height mark on the booth wall. What starts as a blank wall, becomes a collective artwork made by the marks of participants: an iteration of Measuring the Universe by Roman Ondák which was first performed at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich in 2007, at the Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 2009, and in 2011 at the Tate Modern in London.

Ondák was born in 1966 in Žilina, Slovakia. His works elevate everyday practises, and perform poetic alterations which blur the boundaries between the quotidian, and art. Transforming these gestures sharpens the viewer's attention to everyday life, asking after assumptions, and taking nothing for granted. Concerned with reproducibility, the audience becomes connected to the work, by participating within it. Ondák himself was the first to be measured in Measuring the Universe (2007). “I’m trying to use forms which don’t have such a stable position….So this is a type of work which can have a certain fluidity in terms of appearance" (Roman Ondák, quoted in Interview with Roman Ondák, Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2012)


Obakeng Motsepe
Dudu Lamola
Grace Matetoa

In collaboration with the Rennie Collection, Vancouver