A Facility for the Containment and Channeling of Undesirable Elements

Visual Art and Installation

About the Production

This installation is the birthplace of Ping Chong's performance work, Undesirable Elements. Metaphorically the work is a quarantine space. The viewer enters the main gallery of Artist Space and is immediately restricted to a cat walk above the floor which is completely covered with white rock salt. It also contains huge pools of unidentified liquids, some black, others yellow. It suggests a toxic environment. It suggests an industrial, man-made environment denuded of nature. There is a low industrial hum that permeates the space. It is a space of denial, of death. Once again, nature is banished among other things. The viewer is left to ponder what are Undesirable Elements? What is dangerous?

Production Team And Cast

Conceived by

Ping Chong

Curated by

Carlos Solanas

Performance History


Artists Space, New York, NY (1992)


Artists Space