When Lara Almarcegui heaps up piles of recycled materials according to their volume, she is not only recreating the space within the space in a modified way, but also taking a vision of a possible future use into consideration. What would happen to these tons of concrete, wood, terrazzo, brick, mortar, glass, plaster, polystryrene, and steel if they were to return into the circulation of the construction industry? Which new construction might arise out of the materials that now constitute the Secession's main hall? ...
Lara Almarcegui renders visible that we otherwise fail to regard, see, or notice. She deconstructs in order to uncover- including a view of the utopia of the future. She calculated the amount of construction materials exhibiting the list as a wall text.... as the basis not only of the built structure but also of the organism of social structures that pervades them- and fills them with meaning. "
(excerpts from the Secession visitor information page for the exhibit)
Wow! Who knew!
I'm still mad about spending 13.5 euros on this- almost 20 bucks to see rubble. Sheesh.