Spoerri, Duchamp, Multiples, collaboration, sculpture, Edition MAT, Gerstner, Tingueli, Soto, concrete poetry, Roth, configurations, Fluxus, Op art, Munari, Nouveau Realisme, authorship, Maciunas
The first Edition mat was founded by Daniel Spoerri in 1959 and recreated in collaboration with Karl Gerstner in 1964 and 1965, with a special Edition mat mot the same year. Consisting of sculptures that change optically, electrically, or through the audience’s physical interventions, this series brought in an innovative idea of multiplication through movement. The potential of mat sculptures for configuration changes within the continuity of their structure in space sets them apart from serial twodimensional works, where any change in the gestalt requires the production of a new copy. This paper reconstructs the genesis of the Edition mat and the passage from mat to mat mot through increased questioning of the notion of authorship and development of the idea of portability. Particular focus will be given to the network of artistic collaborations and cross-pollination of ideas between Spoerri and Duchamp, Op artists, Nouveau Réalistes, Fluxus, and the early influence of concrete poetry in shaping Spoerri’s contribution to mat as both editor and artist.
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Cempellin, Leda. “Multiples in Late Modernism: Influences Within and Beyond Daniel Spoerri’s 1959 Edition MAT.” Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte (Ibero Publicaciones), vol. 7, special issue Las piezas múltiples en la escultura (June 2015): 58-73.