pool 4 is the title both of a performance and a book produced for MoMA, in which the artist Nora Turato collects language from a range of sources. These “pools” of texts, pulled from the Internet, media headlines, advertisements, conversations, books, commercial products, and her own thoughts, are assembled and arranged, with no logic or narrative structure, into a growing script that Turato memorizes and performs.
Nora Turato. pool 4. Book spread scan, designed by Sabo Day, printed by Robstolk in Amsterdam, 2020
Nora Turato’s pool 4 was scheduled to open on May 6 in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, as part of the inaugural series Studio Now, which champions emerging voices, forms, and discourses across media, from international and local artists. Her performances demand a certain dedication and focus. They are usually 25 minutes long, and the audience arrives at a scheduled time. The same was planned for pool 4 in the Studio. The pool 4 books were to be stacked on the floor in the middle of the Studio, forming a stage, with Turato performing on and around them. Every day a certain number of those books would migrate to the MoMA Design store to be sold. In the time of social distancing, when physical proximity has been challenged and compromised, coming together to see a live performance has to be rethought. Yet, bodies came together recently in protests, and anti-racist slogans have been circulating through voices and quotes.
While we are waiting to gather for the live presentation of pool 4, Turato’s performance circulates in a new way. Here, pool 4 is delivered as a selection of posters. You can download a page from the book, choose some trenchant catchphrases, hang them on your wall, and think about how “We have done so much with so little for so long, we can do anything with nothing now.”
Download the pool 4 posters in PDF format
pool 1 (2017), pool 2 (2018), and pool 3 (2019), all designed with the graphic designer Sabo Day, precede pool 4, produced exclusively for MoMA.