Francesc Torres: The Repository of Absent Flesh
1998, MIT List Visual Arts Center
In The Repository of Absent Flesh, Francesc Torres converted a warehouse for the display of found objects, such as a camera, a motorcycle, and the model of the human brain. As visitors would pass, a light came on and a recorded voice narrated the brief story of each object. All told, 20 stories mingle into an aesthetic overture concerning tragedy and triumph in human life. A full-color catalogue which documents Torres’ Winter 1998 installation created at the List Visual Arts Center includes an essay by art historian Arthur Danto, as well as the full texts of each of the 20 stories pivotal to the installation.