Article Number: 2133
Soft Cover, German, Thread Stitching, 104 Pages, 2006, Secession
D. Hullfish Baley, Emily Pethik, Susanne Neuburger

Dave Hullfish Baley


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In the Galerie of the Secession, Bailey’s exhibit deals with the industrial mechanisms behind the storage of grain in large silos and explores how this interface of agricultural produce and its processing by means of modern machinery can serve as a metaphor for possible social structures.

Bailey’s work is a social study that refers to concepts of instability and conflict resulting from information that has been arranged and mixed up. In the video shown in the Kreuzraum, Bailey documents the work processes of grain elevators in one of the five large silos at the Alberner Hafen in Vienna. Bailey has observed that the structure of grain on both the micro and macro level is comparable to that of the individual in a group. The individual processing steps and the reactions of the grains create a fine dust through mutual friction. Mixed with air in the right proportions, this dust can trigger enormous explosions.