Truck Tales

Scenography, six models

Paper and glue, drawings are wax pastel on paper
4m x 4m x 1,65m


Eindhoven 2022

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.

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