Potlatch 10.1 – I Am That Which Must Ever Surpass Itself

In May 2003, after several years of uninterrupted growth, Luca cut his hair. During the year preceding the exhibition Body Proxy, he knotted together thousands of hair with the intention of achieving a single strand over a hundred kilometers long. The expansion of the body in space is concentrated in an object that embodies the real experience of selfsurpassing; it radiates the will to power into the surrounding space.

Threateningly, this process could be continued with the hair that has grown in the meantime. The title is taken from chapter XXXIV, “Self-Surpassing”, of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra (1885).

Hair, teflon
16,5 x 16,5 x 6 cm
Photos by FBM Studio, Flex
Courtesy Di Gropello Collection 
Body Proxy – Swiss Institute, New York; Helmhaus, Zurich – 2003/2005