Natural Wifi: Stone

Research project and exhibition at Art Center Los Angeles
September 13 – November 30, 2015
Team: Nick Meehan, Selwa Sweidan, Erika Katrina Barbosa, Zhihan Ying
Exhibition Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City
curated by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee
Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Winner of Bronze Dragon Award)
December 4th, 2015 — March 3,  2015

Image: Installation view at Art Center Los Angeles

 

If the stone has been a melancholic object of architecture throughout the history of modernism – just to name Niemeyer’s Casa de Canoas in Rio de Janeiro –, today, it has turned into its monument. Not just a find, but a model the stone is now being mimicked, reproduced to cross material and aesthetic boundaries, for an architecture of Nature.
The video follows a stone through all medial aggregate states until it is reified as a plastic stool within the interior landscape of the exhibition space and to order on eBay. At the same time, an avatar tells us about possibilities and dangers of mimicry: when a geometer moth is provoking cannibalism because it is taken for a real leaf.


Images: Stills from the video, 9 min.

 

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Image: Installation view, stone stool on coasters

 

Image: Installation view at Art Center Los Angeles, photo: Erika Barbosa

 

Image: Installation view at Art Center Los Angeles, stone stools on coasters