junk bridge territory, England/France, 2018
text> the market system created the metropolitan society and its space regulated by incessant flows of capitals and information and now the consumer lifestyle is acting as the organizing principle so redesigning the territory. It is the culture of consumption and its values that forces us to face a completely new situation, where planning takes on a new meaning.
We keep producing at a pace that the planet cannot sustain; we design infrastructures that have a very high impact on the environment. Today our territories are subject to a systematic sedimentation of waste where, then, we grow our food. 100 million tons waste, 10 meters deep layers: such is the high concentration of plastic in our oceans – real islands.
So why not to use these islands as a constituent element? If consuming the land and its resources is the only development philosophy we are capable of, why not reuse that waste to create new territories? If this excess of waste and pollution is by now settled in the ground, why not to make of it the basis of the future development terrain? If these are the consumption and production rhythms, these will be our bridges and our ground in the future.
The challenging aim of this project is to communicate better a number of problems / phenomena that until today have not had a specified identification and representation. All the rubbish at sea would become a potential consumer good, a sort of recycling of the human being’s consumer-compulsive boost in such a way as to be able to use and re-use every element in the environment. What apparently looked like junk and waste of human civilization, made up an extremely large deposit.
Inserting this element creates a dissonant dialogue within the context, and provides a sort of critical second reading. This project can be an instrument to weaken (weak thought-Vattimo) today’s production paradigm, raise awareness on the problem of consumption and explain its scale.
topics> garbage, sustainability, new territories, consumerism