Lois Weinberger – Debris Field
Debris Field (2010–2016), which Museum Tinguely will be presenting from 17 April to 1 September 2019, stands for the variety of approaches and modes of expression employed by Weinberger. In a fascinating way, this artistic-archaeological work explores and presents relics from several centuries of history found at Weinberger’s parents’ farm. The farm managed by the family until today is linked to Stams Abbey and reflects a history of mutual influence. It preserves and tells stories of piety, superstition and the sparse life full of privation between the high culture of the abbey and forms of behaviour linked to the late medieval period. Debris Field has the form of an excavation that takes place in the sedimentary layers of time in the attic and gaps between the floors of the building. Due to the lack of contact with the ground and dampness, this ‘archaeology of the housed’ reveals a wealth of objects much like a chamber of curiosities, an amazing universe of peasant life that enables a more profound take on everyday life.