gelitin is a group of four artists from Vienna, Austria. The group was formerly known as gelatin and changed their name in 2005. They are known for creating sensational art events in the tradition of Relational Aesthetics, often with a lively sense of humor.
Among their projects are a gigantic plush toy: a 55 metre tall pink rabbit on Colletto Fava (near Genoa, Italy), intended to remain there until 2025. In November 2005, the group had a show at Leo Koenig, Inc. in New York, a project called "Tantamounter 24/7." The project was a "gigantic, complex and very clever machine," according to the artists, which functioned as a kind of art-Xerox. The group erected a barrier blocking off one half of the space, locking themselves inside for one week, then asking visitors to insert items that they wanted copied into an opening in the barrier, which copies were then returned through another opening.
One of Gelitin's more iconic and notable art projects began in March 2000, when the group allegedly removed one of the windows on the 91st floor of the former World Trade Center complex, temporarily installed a narrow balcony, all while a helicopter flew around the scene, taking photographs to be later documented in their work "The B-Thing". The book was published in 2001 and had even by that time taken an air of urban legend, with new copies selling for $500.00 on Amazon.com, as of 2016.
Previous works include:
- La Louvre, Paris, 2008, at ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
- Tantamounter 24/7, 2005, a "gigantic, complex and very clever machine" created at Leo Koenig, New York
- Hase (Rabbit / Coniglio), 2005, a 55-meter pink rabbit on Colletto Fava
- Zapf de Pipi, 2005, a sculpture of frozen urine as contributed by the visitors at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
- Otto Volante, 2004, a roller coaster inside a gallery in Milano, Italy
- Arc de Triomphe, 2003, a scandalous 7m tall fountain picturing a urinating figure made of 2000 kg of Plasticine in Salzburg, Austria
- Armpit, 2002, a human elevator of Body Builders for the Liverpool Biennial
- Schlund, 2001, a human scaffolding of fat people at the Bavarian Theatre, Munich, Germany
- Die totale Osmose, 2001, a swamp surrounding the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
- The B-Thing, 2000, a small temporary balcony on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center
- Weltwunder, 2000, a hidden underwater cave, only accessible by diving through a pipe 5 meters deep, as part of the Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany
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- Castellini, Luisa (2005-09-02). "Ad Artesina arriva Pink Rabbit, il coniglio rosa più grande del mondo" (in Italian). il Giornale. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- Davis, Ben. "Raging Within the Machine". artnet Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- Dewan, Shaila (August 18, 2001). "Balcony scene (or unseen) atop the world;episode at trade center assumes mythic qualities". The New York Times (Metro section).
- Rubinowitz, Tex (2001). Gelatin: The B-Thing. ISBN 978-3883755076.
- Amazon listing for The B-Thing