Constellation:- Entropy, Ecology and Modernity (session 6)

Wreckage or Maintenance-

The dematerialization of the art object and the rise of ecology in the 60s and 70s.

Questions we were asked in this session were:

Is wreckage more interesting than structure?
In energy and art, what is the difference between washing the floor of a gallery and directing someone to use a bulldozer to make an artwork outside of the gallery?
In art and design, is the experience more important than the object?

Here are some quotes that I think are particularly relevant to these questions:

“These processes of heavy construction have a devastating kind of primordial grandeur, and are in many ways more astonishing than the finished objects – be it a road or a building. The actual disruption of the earth’s crust is at times very compelling, and seems to confirm Heraclitus’s Fragment 124, the most beautiful world is like a heap of rubble tossed down in confusion. The tools of art have too long been confined to the studio.”- Robert Smithson, ‘A Sedimentation of the Mind, Earth Projects.’

“This movement seems motionless, yet it crushes the landscape of logic under glacial reveries. This slow flowage makes on conscious of the turbidity of thinking. Slump, debris slides, avalanches all take place within the cracking limits of the brain.”- Robert Smithson, ‘A Sedimentation of the Mind, Earth Projects.’

“This entropy of technique leaves with an empty limit, or no limit at all. All differentiated technology becomes meaningless to the artist who knows this state.”- Robert Smithson, ‘A Sedimentation of the Mind, Earth Projects.’

Another thing we learnt in this session was about, ‘A Manifesto of Consumer Rights’ in Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek-

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