My friends in architecture design unit A at Oxford Brookes University have been producing artefacts that abstractly embody their manifestos as architects and are then required to sell them in a marketplace, thus selling themselves and their ideas. The featured work belongs to Chloe Dawber and is for sale on eBay (via the link below).
“Long before Derrida and deconstruction, the Talmud said quite sagely, ‘We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are’” - Elizabeth Wurtzel
The artefact as small as the human hand embodies Chloe’s manifesto, which seeks to remind people of the surrounding natural phenomena that they are inherently part of, in turn attempting to recreate a lost sense of ownership and responsibility.
Recycled man made “pure” materials such as steel, tin and copper, extracted from nature’s raw materials, were de-galvanised through sanding and soaking in an acetic acid to reveal the vulnerability below. The materials were then carefully crafted into a pattern which hints at the order within nature.
Placed within the exterior built environment and exposed to the natural elements the artefact will continue to rust and erode, quietly contrasting with our constructed fake environment and gradually leaving its imprint on the paper below as a record of the process and a lasting reminder of the fragility which surrounds us.