Falling for the Matuhi
Palmengarten & MMK
August 2013 Frankfurt
As part of the “Hélio Oiticica: The Great Labyrinth” retrospective exhibition at the MMK, three pavilions by Hélio Oiticica were installed in the Frankfurt Palmengarten. In one of these pavilions a performance and film program was presented during September and October 2013. I was invited to conceive a temporary installation for a weekend at the beginning of September. The groundwork for this installation was a short story I wrote called “Falling for the Matuhi” which also became the title of the installation. The idea was to step into the story and experience the flavors and odors from the sparkling forest, the imaginary refuge of the Matuhi. Three of the four rooms of the pavilions were almost identical, each of them containing a cocoa fountain on a golden shimmering pedestal, with cut crystal glasses spread in groups on the floor so that people could serve themselves from the cocoa fountains. The story was printed on paper rolls that were also standing on the floor for people to take with them.
Placing objects straight onto the floor is a very important gesture for me as it invites the visitor to crouch and enter into a very intimate dialog with the objects.
At all entrances cut crystal bowls filled with cocoa nibs were placed, giving a bittersweet and tanic flavored impression for the visitor while stepping into this maze of sensory experience. In the forth room a huge crystal clear ice sculpture was shown, it contained three Matuhi that where released during the melting process over the two days, fulfilling the transcendence from the sparkling forrest into our world.