SANS TITRE, 2019
F3125 A490 Type 3 Metal Alloy and Black Iron Oxide
30 x 110 x 30mm
Steel Structure, Tokamak Building. ITER
Over the last three decades, thirty-five countries have joined together to build a sun on Earth––Science’s greatest terrestrial achievement of the celestial. The project is ITER, a 444 acre site in Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance [FR], dedicated to studying the power of stars through generating one for humankind.
Corday's five-year collaboration with ITER Directors resulted in ‘Art’ as the thirty-sixth and final global contributor with the installation of a single object within the infrastructure of the star. The untitled two-pound work, Sans Titre, now sites in the repeated anonymity of shared material and measurement within ITER’s M30 Bolts––in permanent structural responsibility of the mega-heavy forms at the heart of the star: the Tokamak.
As a sculptor ever-advancing the cosmological hammer and chisel of temperature and pressure in her work––
Corday’s interests in ITER are many––its unprecedented material advancement and conversation in temperature that of 150 million degrees C [10x hotter than our sun]––its unprecedented event within material states that defines her studio practice and the medium of her work––and the promethean material aims in the creation of clean, abundant energy, peaceful power and its shared ideas.
We are the witnessing generation of humanity realizing a star on Earth––the pyramids of our times––a project representing half the world’s population joined together for public good and shared knowledge; of rigor and devotion; and unwavering focus over decades.
Sans Titre is not materially seen but rather material seeing; a material in perpetual touch with our anthropomorphic star.
This project has tremendous thanks to Bernard Bigot [ITER Director- General]; Mark Uhran [Retired US ITER Communications Director]; Laban Coblentz [ITER French Headquarter Communications Director]; Laurent Schmieder [ITER Buildings and Infrastructure Director]; Shira Tabachnikoff [ITER French Headquarter Communications Manager]; Cecile Foucher De Brandois [ITER Communications]; Robert Arnoux [ITER Communications]; Mark Henderson [ITER Scientist].
As well as Bob Tarantino [New Jersey Precision Technologies]; Portland Bolt Company; Emile Maurin; Bernier Cast Metals; and Christopher Powers.
CORDAY / NEW YORK