I still think that this empty space is very basic and very important. If you have something that’s already been decided on you don’t find anything different. What we did was to organize empty spaces in other empty spaces and from there leading to further empty spaces. Organization is not about filling things, but about emptying things. When you speak about offices, I remember how, in the beginning, we had one cell. This cell was divided into two parts because that’s the only way to have a body. You have to divide a cell, not to accumulate but to put less inside and to have more void. Otherwise everything is full. We need to find space between things.
I recognized this with my work with division and multiplication of the mirror. This work starts from zero and that zero is the mirror. Zero representation means at the same time total representation. When I divide zero I have 1 + 1. From zero I pass immediately to 2. You don’t have 1. The only time it is alone is zero. From zero you have 1 + 1 and this is the base. The two mirrors reflect each other and then you have 3, and the more you close the angle the more you have a super division, a super participation of multiplication. But multiplication is the consequence of an act of division. You don’t start with multiplication you start with the division of zero. You cannot have zero + zero + zero, instead you have to multiply. This is the idea of emptiness of the mirror as the reflection of everything which creates a third and fourth mirror, just like a cell dividing. The multiplication of physicality occurs through the division of cells.
- Michelangelo Pistoletto (from a conversation with Clémentine Deliss in Dot Dot Dot #18)