Ula Lucińska &
One drop at a time
series of objects:
steel, aluminum, silicone, water, textiles, himalayan salt, rubber, found items, 2020
One drop at a time draws its inspiration from the mechanism of the alleged water torture, where slowly dripping water was bringing madness by its repetitive rhythm while falling on the forehead of the victim. The awareness of the inevitability of each successive drop caused mental suffering, and thus torture, without any tangible injuries, was for a long time paradoxically considered as a humanitarian one. Objects, located at the traditional Friedrichsbad bathhouse in Baden-Baden, reflect the contradiction that appears between salutary properties of the enormous amount of water used in the treatment and the simultaneous destructive power of just individual drop. The aesthetics of the cold, almost surgical metal construction relates to the dehumanized and industrialized form of inflicting suffering. Slow, repetitive processes resonate in a way that is not always noticeable at first glance.
Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath, 2020
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (Friedrichsbad), Baden-Baden, Germany