I'm unfamiliar with Althamer's work and although I'm not a great fan of performance art, there is something amusing about this piece. I also found myself drawn to the naive cave painting-like scribblings that make up part of the installation on the ground floor of Modern Art Oxford.
I couldn't help but compare the sight of the gold jump suits hanging on a wall to
Kader Attia's installation Ghost made up of lots of hollow silver foil female forms bent in prayer in the Saatchi Gallery Last year. I may have connected the two pieces because of the similar materials used or just the use of multiples in both of their works.
I always think that there's a kind of sadness associated with works that involve clothes without the human element, as do the piles of jumbled up clothes that Christian Boltanski sometimes uses. So besides the humour their is also a sadness to this work. Even though apparently these garments are intended to be worn by any one in the audience who wants to participate, I couldn't help but read that sadness.
Knowing little of Althamer's background I presume that this work is to do with acceptance. The big question of Is there anyone out there is asked but can't help but feel that it's actually directed to us here on earth and about the diversity of life down here and questions of identity.