Prosthesis 9t is part of an ongoing body of work titled Spacial Prosthetics, which seek to create a physical as well as symbolic extension of architectural spaces. For his installation in die raum Mario Asef has “expropriated” insulation boards from a local building site. The polystyrene slabs are then used to construct improvised seating, which transforms the exhibition space into a 24 hour social meeting point. Removing the facade completely the installation underlines the ambiguous position of the space as something in between the public and the private.
Apart from its functional and social aspects the structure also mimics architectural inconsistencies and transformations, such as a staircase leading up to a door, which was then later bricked up. As such the installation points to die raum as another remnant space, which — judged by it's unusual proportions — could have been an architectural miscalculation.
Prosthesis 9t represents an organic cycle of shifts in function and symbolic value, which goes beyond die raum in time and space. The polystyrene slabs — originally intended for a fixed position as insulation of a house — will deteriorate during the exhibition period, and continue the cycle “reinserted” into public space after the end of the show.