This weekend i tried to work more precisely on the 5th chapter of my book which ‘After the shift’. On friday we talked a lot about the notion of excess and re-arranging. The excess is the result of decades of accumulation of ‘fragments’ [the new + the waste it creates] without any efficient and radical processes of getting rid out of them. [due to the fact that both recycling and landfilling are in fact institutionalised process of re-fragmenting waste and putting it back again in the machine].
The plan before tables is to find a way of representing the idea of excess, first in an abstract way – at the urban / territory scale. Yesterday i went to the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (pictures below) because i was in the process of getting inspirations and had the feeling that part of Paolozzi work could in fact be qualified, graphically, with the idea of excess.
I see it as a extremely dense collage of fragments that tend to form a excessive and totally filled up mechanic which somehow the city – in my analogy of the accumulation is.
I am working on a drawing that will explore similar concern.
I also explored the re-arrangement that goes after the excess. In a way the sculpture model i am producing are re-arrangment of fragments, giving them a new story (rather than a new function). It reminds me as well of the work by Armelle Caron, a french artist whose work, Villes rangées, re-arrange the city as form of index of urban blocs as fragments, which forms a narrative only related to their size and form. (see below, Berlin, Paris and Le Havre re-arranged). Or I would say almost classified as well in the way they are display.
I produced one more picture of potential pits/holes [infrastructure] full of waste in the city. I feel like it would be nice to have the presence of some sort of a rather big scale infrastructure that would be used as a new waste ‘collector’ – and emphasise the quantity of waste. Here is port-container crane, i had a quarry before. Although i wouldn’t mind designing this infrastructure i fell like i can use similar collages in order to manifest its presence without having to generate its design. Also the enormous [almost unreal] size of it, its genericness and the fact that it is directly put in contact with urban landscape define in itself the valuelessness of the waste it contains.
Also here is a first caption of what the drawing associated with the idea of excess could look like