MICROFRAGMENTS - A Study in Continuity
Proposal for the Open Call 'Outside the Box' announced by the curatorial team of Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain for the Venice Biennale 2018.
After a building has outlived its use, demolishing the structure and reclaiming its materials allows its usefulness to outlive its original task. Architects, by way of our training, tend to consider methods of building up. In our proposal, there is an equal opportunity and aesthetic pleasure in the art of erasure.
Demolition waste and construction byproducts are imbued with the memories of our built environments. They engender an economy of renewal and prevent the exhaustion of limited natural resources. In this installation, fragments of past environments will be gathered and presented as a platform to bring people together.
Using recycled particles of demolition waste sourced from Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, we would create an undulating ground plane -- a platform for social participation --that melds aggregates from the three countries represented in each pavilion, blurring the boundaries between them. The blending process will occur organically while the users interact with the landscape in between the three sites. The installation is impermanent in nature as it evolves and disintegrate over time by users and its natural environment. It is a process in action, not a finished product.
Over the course of the Biennale, different types of aggregate would merge into a newly formed mixture that represent the cross pollinated memories of the materials’ origins as well as the evolution of the migrated building materials. At the final stage upon the closing of the biennale, it takes another form as a more permanent furniture or landscape element that can be placed to continue the memory of the installation for future visitors.