Earth Lander

Dissemblings from Packaging Industry

EARTH LANDER

JACA – Jardim Canada Art Center // Belo Horizonte, Brasil 2014

  • JA.CA Art and Technology Center. Artist Residence

Under the irony of technological development in the construction industry, Earth Lander its a compact, repeatable, stackable and repicable module which questions the logics of the global economy based on the international market of goods, imports of foreign and decontextualized materials and the tools of packaging. The Project begins as an installation and then becomes a piece of intervention when it leaves the expositive spaces of JACA center to be part of a campaing to formalize occupationd and to reclaim land rights in areas of Belo Horizonte. This is when the piece changes its name and transforms into WrapHome using diverse materials from the packaging industry: plastics, bubble wrap, fabrics and wood palettes from the marble industry. The WrapHome then has the ironic stamp of being produced in different countries with the paradox of being built without any cost. The Project was executed upon 3 main bases: act as an occupant, usage of selfmanage and selflocated materials, gradual access to tools to test its repercussion on the systems and construction protocols for it to be produced without sofisticated plannimetric support, only with a pencil, paper and mathematics for the economy of resources. It takes collaboration of voluntier students from UFMG in the phases of dismantling and material categorization and it was elaborated with the help of the workshop of the Art and Technology center in charge of Matheus Mezquita. Some of the estimated budget of the project was used to equip the workshop which dictates educational programs to the local communities. The critic also tries to formulate other protocols of relationship between the artist, the gallery, the museum and the street installations rethinking the formats of artistic deveplopment and the true part of Art in the society.

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