Produced by Santiago Sierra
November 21-22, 2009
“NO” sculpture will be driven around New York City on Saturday November 21, and parked in Times Square on Saturday at midnight until Sunday Morning, November 22nd, at 10:00 AM.
Staged throughout Europe, Canada, US, and Australia, Santiago Sierra’s NO consists of three touring trucks carrying an outsized three-dimensional sign of the exclamatory statement ‘NO.’ Envisaged as an international touring piece, its is key for Sierra that the work travels through Westernized continents. Sierra describes the project as “NO expresses a response to the universally recognizable imposition. NO is the clearest exercise of the right to dissent before reality as a whole, its chaos, its future and before the sensation of finding myself inside an airplane with a drunken captain on command.” For Sierra the open declaration “NO,” is to be filled like an empty bottle with the specific realities projected by the individual viewer, it refuses to be immediately understood, rather it nags at the mind, imploring the individual to decipher their own relation to immediate and global reality. Fabricated in Toronto and presented in the Financial district of the city during Nuit Blanche the work will finally arrive after passing through New York at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, presented and spotlit in the gallery. The tour will be filmed and presented as if it were a traveling documentary of a rock tour.