COALESCENCE WITH UNLIKELY COMPANIONS
Society only engages with the reality of hazardous industrial waste through unprecedented looking away, refusing to coexist with these unlikely creatures. Rather than remediate these industrial sites and thus revive nature, the work looks to confront the consequences of our past and ongoing present through myth.
Therefore, how do we make space for an extraordinary companionship with toxic ecology?
“I am suggesting that to become so much more than these landscapes might not be made in to 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
We are not designing a building or normative infrastructure.
We are not problem-solving.
We are not entertaining sustainability.
We are not operating for the practical.
We are designing foreboding encounters and troublesome artifacts.
We are embracing the friction between human ecology and toxic ecology.
We are operating in the fictitious.
We are designing in coalescence.