In previous projects, Ruth Baettig has performed as an anonymous “white figure” in public space, creating a dialogue with other works of art, historical monuments and landscapes, in order to explore the tension between the social and the artistic worlds. In this way she conflates the historical and the fictional, which are melted into a dimension where humor is the vehicle for existential precariousness.
In her intervention during the opening days of La Biennale di Venezia in 2019, Ruth Baettig let a neon float and navigate through the canals, which displays the expression «Mi sono perso» – I am lost. This is the last of a series of public interventions she has realized with the Italian expression, referring to crisis and poetic chance at the same time. The dialogue with the works of art takes now the form of a dialogue with the artworld as such – a dialogue for which the motto «May You Live in Interesting Times» would be a perfect subtitle…
The ephemeral appearance of the expression in the night of Venice is an action that interrupts the contemplation and conveys a collective memory, unfolding a non-linear narrative of the urban space. «Mi sono perso» calls for the need to reinvent oneself.
The project is supported by the Casimir Eigensatz Stiftung, Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft der Stadt Luzern and FUKA-Fonds. Thank you!