4hour-performance at insitu, berlin

During the opening of the exhibition, the artist Moritz Frei sits in front of desk inside a small and dark niche. An office lamp lights the table. He slowly empties the content of a cereal box and separates nuts, raisins, grain in small squares, neatly arranges them by size and type. The monotonous task takes him four hours. Frei's performance “Divide et impera” (a Latin phrase meaning "divide and rule") emphasises the contradiction of dissipation: the organising of a chaotic and entropic system on the one side and the liberty of wasting time with an ostentatiously useless occupation on the other. As for the absurdity in his occupation, his ironic comment also applies to the nitpicker – an allegory of a pedant of formal bureaucracy.

Anna-Lena Werner