We find ourselves living victims of the residues and the structures that other people have thought for us. Although sometimes we are able to reinterpret their meanings, these are always subjugated by the origins, which become even more unquestionable as we lose consciousness of their sources and just accept them with a ‘this is the way things are’. Ultimately, Abandon Architectures is a reflection around our interest in how structural residues are incorporated, re-used and re-interpreted within our culture. Raising the idea that, perhaps, the exact moment we launch a product, an object or a thought into the world, is the very moment we abandon it.
“This here’s a re-search laboratory. Re-search means look again, don’t it? Means they are looking for something they already found once and it got away somehow, and now they got to re-search for it! (…)What is it they're trying to find again? Who lost what?” Kurt Vonnegut “Cat’s Cradle”.
We have always been interested in slogans & quotes, in a way we could almost say we collected them, they have become an essential part of our popular culture, indispensable in the repertoire of any modern day Sancho.
The Dialogues make pieces are an attempt to express this idea of superimposed architecture and how these affect and rule the way we live our lives, and how we manipulate them and redefine them according to an ever changing set of circumstances.
Found Objects: DIALOGUE a piece central to the Abandon Architectures project. Treating these bits of text as objects, residual architectures, provided us with manageable materials to play with, assembling them together as ready-mades to generate our own narrative. We put together a list of slogans that had the rhythm of a conversation or a monologue in the style of Beckett’s Not I, where the dogmatic and the skeptical play a game of ‘questions and answers’. The result doesn’t carry a concrete meaning, but is intended to paint a picture that encourages us to question and ultimately ‘abandon architectures’.
This is an intimate portrait of Javier Mariscal that we produced for his catalogue 'Mariscal a la Pedrera'. It is a fictitious conversation between Chavi, his insecure self, and Mariscal, his egocentric persona.
Dialogos2: Chavi v Mariscal Published in "Mariscal a la Pedrera", Fundacion Caixa Catalunya, 2010