Location: in the hallway

“What power resides in the object given that causes its recipient to pay it back?” (1990:3).

“Beauty is like a train that ceaselessly roars out of the Gare de Lyon and which I know will never leave, which has not left. It consists of jolts and shocks, many of which do not have much importance, but which we know are destined to produce one Shock, which does…The human heart, beautiful as a seismograph…Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.”
― André Breton, Nadja

This project takes the form of a treasure hunt for the winners the gift of a Mac mouse. The theme and form of this project was developed by students in response to a wide-ranging discussion including this question posed by the father of modern anthropology Marcel Mauss back in 1923. His answer: the gift is a “total prestation”, imbued with “spiritual mechanisms”, engaging the honour of both giver and receiver.

Using the Rietveld mice, as an allegory of a shadow community,

the project (like the mice) diffuses throughout the building. Over two evenings we proceed to hunt the magic mouse, but in the process are we also beginning to become Mouse, Mr Mauss?

Tutor: Simon Ferdinando