It is not easy to have the chance to enjoy an airport before its opening and to enjoy a massive terminal area absolutely empty. For those who travelled to or via Barcelona T1 will understand much better the magnitude of such an empty space, today used by thousands of people every day at almost any time.
Open in 2099, it has an area of 648,000 m2 and an aircraft ramp of 600,000 m2
The reading of “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies”, by Naomi Klein, brings a quick reflection on our globalized world. There is a piece of the book that has specially caught my attention, the one about the “asian swallows”: ephemeral industries that literally fly from one island to another in Southern Asia. The movement of these companies is extremely aggressive with the social environment. Like swallows do, they migrate when social conditions are not any more favourable.
The proposal is to create a serial of sculptures that would be the Asian Swallow’s trace. Formally, they are a negative form of a feet that would be placed on public spaces on the areas where there used to be a factory. These ones would be linked to different small sculptures of feet and shoes (this time at real scale) placed on the main squares in developed countries. These would address the audience to a new localization that could be checked on the Internet, where they could easily read about the topic.
For many decades, films and documentaries have been speaking about natural disasters. Lately, a new tendency related to climate change has been raised. However, the attitude of human being remains untouched on an egoistic cycle of extreme consumption and waste. These facts are not only not helping our nature, but boosting the environmental damage.
Human beings are just remaining as a simple audience opposite a science-fiction film, not replying to the message that some directors or artists have tried to send, nor replying to a grotesque way of commercial- ising the catastrophe by Hollywood. Human beings are, generally, remaining as spectators.
My proposal is a participative installation where two boxes of popcorn are displayed. The first one, the salty one, contains white paper pop corns with statements about the environmental damage, try- ing to make a reflection on the topic. The second box, called the sweet one, is to be…
The next pictures are a serial of proposals. They started being nature questions, but could end on a very long list of any other topic, mainly related to politics and religion.
Up to Budapest and its empty potential space mainly used by artists for space interventions. Trying a new irony, this “meant to be” artistic space could be changed into a promotional icon. An advertisement looking for new creatives creates a double irony on a capital with a communist background.
The last picture comes back to the celebrations issue. The irony is placed in Istanbul. The real advertisement refers to the China and celebrate its new year, the Tiger one, which is a beer brand… on a country where its religious tradition would not allow them to drink it?
This project just pretends new situations in open public spaces, where messages can be easily reached. An innocent perspective for a big issue. Like drawings on newspapers. Like tourists would do on their traveling, like we would do on a weekend out in Vienna.
The more innocent sights are sometimes the more critical ones with its own environment. While analysing the public space we could easily have a look to this Coca-Cola advertisement where they wish us merry christmas… And it is happening on a church under work. Rising funds should be transparent, but it is still kind of paradoxical.
Basically, what on a day were just celebrations for the season change, has been used by religions to support their own believing. Then, used once again by commercial purposes that finally support the own church who used such a celebration.
But let’s go a step further and play with imagination. Which ironies could we easily find on our urban environment? Would be politically correct to support Venecia’s works through advertisements of a catastrophal film?