Ruins as Transforming Power

SÃO PAULO, BRASIL (2014 - 2017)

TRANSDISCIPLINARY TIME BASED
REASEARCH IN URBAN ECOSYSTEMS 




ABOUT
Ruins and debris are human creations. If you take a time to observe how natural ecosystems evolve, you'll notice a perfect cycle of regenerative patterns. In nature, for example, debris become food for other species. There's no such thing as garbage. Impermanence, transformation, and restauration are the basic guidelines. Even so, our urban ecosystems and language itself, were built agaist this platforms of life that sustain us. Things were made with the purpose to last.

The problem is: whatever we build and propose are full of meaning, and these meanings shape our lifes and perception. If we look at things with nature's perspectives, we'll find out the importance of rethinking our patterns of interaction from time to time. Our ruins are an evidence that things can and must be transformed, reinvented, and reshaped to better support our current state of consciousness. 




"(...) Although our current urban ecosystems represent a superficial and limited image of the whole, we can glimpse other possibilities of life from gaps produced by the very patterns of interaction that are nurtured within them. In the cities, for example, besides the monumental residences that silence T(t)ERRA and determine relations spaces, there are thousands of vacant, forgotten, and uninhabited lands, in which there are neither specific nor orderly activities and forms of life.

In such contexts, as human presence becomes absent, we have the chance to appreciate the impermanence of our constructions and ideals, as well as to understand more deeply the inherent life drive in T(t)ERRA. After all, while abandoned buildings deteriorate, the nature – fauna and flora – is as monumental as they are." | EXCERPT FROM BOOK T(t)ERRA



What if our bodies were the
art experience conductors?


RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, (2014 - 2019)
Wearable objects / Acrylic paint on collected urban ruins


Each Wearable object is developed from collected ruins of urban architecture. The objects are created for each participant of the experience. This creative process happens through face-to-face meetings. The creation of the objects consists of a self-discovery process that is mediated by the experimentation of the artistic object.


RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, (2014 - 2019)
Wearable objects / Acrylic paint on collected urban ruins




RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, (2014 - 2019)
Luïza Luz wearing a Wearable Object






Does the art object have
something to teach us?

What can we learn from
the relations art awakens?


RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, 2016
ARTISTIC PEDAGOGICAL STUDIES FOR KIDS MEDIATED BY
"WEARABLE OBJECTS", ESCOLA VIVA, SÃO PAULO, BRASIL


"Children are fundamental to the regeneration of the ecosystems that present themselves to us today. Their concept and norm-free perceptions are like in its fertile state: a living being still in the development process, which presents us with valuable opportunities for the conservation and stimulation of ecological awareness."EXCERPT FROM BOOK T(t)ERRA



RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, 2016
ARTISTIC PEDAGOGICAL STUDIES FOR KIDS MEDIATED BY
"WEARABLE OBJECTS", ESCOLA VIVA, SÃO PAULO, BRASIL






site specific


RUINS AS TRANSFORMING POWER, 2016

TERRAIN VAGUE
Site specific in vacant lant, São Paulo, Brasil
Acrylic paint on urban ruins





Mark