Scenography, six models
Paper and glue, drawings are wax pastel on paper
4m x 4m x 1,65m
Far from being considered utopian, the work of the artist Absalon (1964-1993), our inspiration for this project, has always been linked to elementary and existential questions. He challenged standards, essential human activities and the spaces they need to take place in. Strictly geometrical and ascetic, always in white colour, his last work entitled “Cells (Prototypes)” of 1992 comprises six personal living units for six world cities: Paris, Zurich, New York, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Tokyo. The project had as aim to provide him with a new staged framework for a purified life and to construct a new personal identity based on the transitioning between the cells.
In the present day, trucks form an extra-large logistical network of extensions of the human body in the public sphere, with truck-cabins functioning as transient living pods. The large scale vehicles are characterised by standardised dimensions and lead to the further standardisation of goods and spaces within our everyday life. Moreover, its standard appearance has made it a world-widely recognisable devise. Without the infrastructure of land freight transportation, the urban lifestyle would be inconceivable. Simultaneously, the relationship of urbanites with the truck is close to nonexistent.
‘Truck Tales’ reflects on trucks as universal and overlooked entities which perform on a daily basis in repetitive frictional situations taking place everywhere, nowhere and anywhere. The six presented episodes, given the form of paper scenographies, are the result of a “pressed brake pedal” and a “turning-on of headlights” on our own personal experiences where trucks function as protagonists. At times absurdly mundane, at times theatrically disrupted, the staged memories reverse the invisible to visible and serve as a critical tool for the commenting on global themes such as on pollution, the food industry, social alienation, tourism and immigration.