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Knut Henrik Henriksen, Kunsthalle Basel

When researching a project for the Kunsthalle Basel in 2007, Henriksen learned about the a huge earthquake in Basel in 1356. Seeking to make a kind of empty, existential sculpture that would use standardisation to evoke an earthquake, he took standardised planks from a DIY store and aligned them horizontally at a height of 240 cm[AS1] under the large skylight in the Kunsthalle Basel. He arranged the longest and the shortest plank in one row, the second longest and the second shortest in the next row, and so on, leaving a gap in the middle where the light from above entered the space.


The title of the work, 

Ullhodturdenweirmudgaardgringnirurdrmolnirfenrirlukkilokkibaugimandodrrerinsurtkrinmgernrackinarockar, is one of the ten so-called ‘thunderwords’ in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. It is not only the one that, appropriately, contains several words from Nordic mythology relating to natural catastrophes and fear of nature, such as Fenrir (the wolf that swallows the sun) or Ragnarök (doomsday), but is also made up of exactly 101 letters, which turned out, coincidentally, to match the exact number of planks there was space for in the gallery. 

Knut Henrik Henriksen, Kunsthalle Basel
Knut Henrik Henriksen, Kunsthalle Basel, Architectural Doubts, artist, Berlin, Gemrnay
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