Some theories defend that “things” are more than just stable and objective matter, being in fact mediatory, transitive and in constant entanglement with both humans and non-human agents. Not only does materiality take on social meanings, but also social agency is enacted and shaped through materiality.
From a collection that is fragmentary, uncertain and unstable, there is potential to create a consonant kind of knowledge: one that constantly reinvents its alliances. This collection called for different outlooks, expertise, knowledge and diverse perspectives beyond an art historical approach.
Environmental politics is deeply tied with identity politics, and environmental breakdown is not only a techno-scientific battleground but also an ontological one. Thus, the urgent re-evaluation of our relation to the natural environment is inseparable from a much-needed readjustment of our understanding of our own individual and collective identities.
How did this institution come about? How did art agents and institutions manage to act long-term under the short-termism of the Present’s political and economic structures? Were art agents and institutions able to prefigure more-than-human institutional ecologies?
The inherent (self-)destruction of the works, performed in the public space, contradicts the fixity and didactic logic of monuments. It also challenges the illusory idea of permanence that they claim, putting it against the volatility, mutability and perishability of our collective spaces, buildings and beliefs.