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Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

February 8 – April 12, 2013


Transformable objects designed after Vavara Stepanova’s set design for the 1922 Vselovod Mayerhold staging of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s play The Death of Tarelkin.

In practice, biomechanics is an actor-training program that includes various physical exercises, circus acrobatics and practice of expressive gestures. Stepanova’s set design responded to the challenge of biomechanics by featuring highly transformable furniture built for the interaction with actors. They were designed to jump, turn, collapse, fold or respond in any way to the actor’s movements. As such, the set was turned into a specially designed playground where the actors physically engaged with their ‘furniture’ and constantly changed its form and function.


Courtesy of Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels; photography by Philippe De Gobert.

Tobias Putrih Studio & Workshop

Tobias Putrih, Aleš Korpič, Matej Nolda, Jure Mežek & STRID fabricators


We develop materially ephemeral settings and objects designed to engage utopian ideas in art, architecture and design by incorporating everyday materials and forms of play and participation. From make-shift modifications of public and semi-public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries—to constructing temporary environments and objects, works are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites. Many of  spaces and objects are activated—meant to be moved and inhabited, privileging play and bodily engagement. Artworks become proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities.


Tobias Putrih C.V.


  • Book published by JPR & Neuberger Museum (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Centre Pompidou (Amazon)
  • Catalog by MIT List Visual Arts Center (Listart)
  • Catalog by Galeria Civica (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Haus Konstruktiv)