COALESCENCE WITH UNLIKELY COMPANIONS
We, as a society, have chosen to erase and neglect the problematic images and narratives of wastelands from our, American, history. Therefore the thesis aims to offer a third space in which Human Ecology coexists with the previous erasures of Toxic Ecology. Currently, these wastelands are portrayed as foreign entities which American companies engage with, rarely do the cameras turn to our own background though. Rather than remediate these industrial sites and thus revive nature, the work looks to coexist with the consequences of our past and ongoing present through myth.
“If some of these results look abstract - unidentifiable, or unlike anything we have seen before - that is because nobody foresaw, because nobody cared, what they would look like. They are the inevitable consequence of our habit of working without imagination and without affection. And what we can see in these vandalized and perhaps irreparable landscapes we are obliged to understand as symbolic of what we cannot see; the steady seeping of poison into our world and our bodies."
Wendell Berry foreword for Waste Land, by David T. Hanson and Jimena Canales
“I am suggesting that to become so much more than these landscapes might not be made into parks at all, but become new landscapes that contend with the sublime aesthetic of the toxic hyper-object. These landscapes will give rise to new forms of recreation, ways of living, and patterns of work.”
Davis, Public Landscapes and The Aesthetics of Toxicity