The Poetics of Miss Understanding
by Ana Rita Antonio

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Portuguese artist Ana Rita Antonio has designed an installation based on fourteen different ways to replace a table leg by piling up other objects in its place.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

The installation is a new chapter in her ongoing project called The Poetics of Miss Understanding and features an assortment of objects such as wellington boots, potted plants, a lamp, books, a broom and cardboard tubes taking the place of the missing leg.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

These are stacked and balanced on top of each other at equal heights to balance a board supported by a single supporting trestle.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

The artist also involves her own body by stacking books on her head, lying on the floor with books in a pile on her chest and standing on the table.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

The installation is part of Oslo-based Ana Rita Antonio's graduation piece from the Design LAB department at Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

She said the entire project was designed around her difficulties with the English language. "I often misspell words and this was one of the cases," she explained. "As a mistake I added an 's' in the title but I decided to embrace the misunderstanding and make myself into a character that understands problem solving."

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

"The project is a design methodology in problem solving that embraces objects and daily life situations as working material, using whatever components are available to the situation there and then," she added.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

Ana said she has an extremely stubborn and idiosyncratic attitude in problem solving, as well as a belief that design is evolutionary and there will always be several imperfect solutions to a problem.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

Other installations featured on Dezeen include a red tower resembling the neck and head of a monster, twisted tree branches growing from the beams of the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris and a cloud encased inside a transparent two-storey glass cube.

The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

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The Poetics of Miss Understanding by Ana Rita Antonio

  • DanLeno

    Erwin Wurm.

  • Denis

    It becomes stupid more and more.

  • Jammy8

    I’m just glad she calls herself an ‘artist’ and not a designer.