In my project, I deal with topics of rebellion and care. I’m interested in a contradiction between different ways of getting in touch with our surroundings. The observation of urban environments led me to various studies of acts of rebellion and care towards them. On the one side, there are rebels, like vandals and graf- fiti artists who use them to show personal expressions; protesters, occupiers and squatters who explore the ‘political urban’. On the other, there are caretakers, like street workers and demolition companies who play a role of maintaining them. In both scenarios the ordinary life stops and the physical connection with the surrounding begins. A pavement stone can be taken as an example:
“That freshly laid out, by a street worker, pavement stone, will be soon picked up by a protestor and thrown at a policeman. This pavement stone becomes an ob- ject of urban contradiction where two kinds of care exist. The first act of care is hired and directed. Then the pavement stone becomes a part of the organized street structure. The other care is free and spontaneous. The moment of neces- sity which can’t be easily rationalized and taken away. Almost as an animal instinct, it takes up to the throat and can’t be ignored. The pavement stone is taken away as a sign of rebellion against the imposed structures and thrown to show the presence of the ones who extract it”*
Through that project, I want to demonstrate a different way how to relate to the environment around us. In this case, the environment will be an extended Riet- veld environment. Care will be expressed through the acts of rebellion towards this environment. The project will include extended elements of the Rietveld building, (such as a broken window, a damaged pillar, a scratched wall and a floor covered with urine), sound equipment and performance.
Through the differences of the built extensions, the choreography of the per- formers and ways of damaging, I want to broaden the idea of an individual wish to rebel and act aggressively, towards the social necessity to get in physical
touch with the environment around us. The necessity to find a new way of relation to the environment, to which I believe we lost the connection. The rebellion here will manifest care, care to identify ourselves with the surrounding, care to understand it and care to liberate it from the established rules. To make a free space where other contradictions can exist.
Every extension is constructed in a special way which fits is later damage. Materials used: concrete cast with foam, glass with a plastic foil, metal. Tools used for care and damage: construction straps, metal tubes, urine, vocals, sounds and sound equipment.
It will start with a performance, where performers would enter a room together to damage the extensions. The acts would be performed one by one. The sound of each would be carefully recorded by another performer and amplified, edited on the moment and put on a constant loop. Throughout the rest of the exhibition, the damaged environment would remain still with lopped sounds running from the program which would be openly placed in the room.
*an extract from my thesis. Amsterdam 2018.