Soft Construction refers to a caring and careful approach to the city. An ‘inverted’ construction site that replaces hard elements with soft, waste with care, irreversibility with composting, reckless abstraction with mindfulness. The surfaces and materiality of the artwork create a quality of stay in the midst of opaque, harsh and exclusionary construction sites. The materials are sustainable. The Euro pallets are pliable and the cement bags bulbous, the roadblocks sag and a yellow sewage pipe snakes around the corner. Anybody is invited to move the elements and use them to sit, lie down and linger.
Solidarity and care – but also resistance and refusal – in a city marked by asymmetries of power, they can take unexpected forms. Soft Constructions addresses the construction sites of the city – the places of immediate and applied transformation.
Material: hand-dyed cotton, natural pigments, industrially dyed cotton, foam and upholstery wadding.
with: Valentina Karga
PACT Zollverein, Festival Cool Down – Claiming Common Spaces; soft seating infrastructure for the festival
lady liberty library, reading room and independant publisher, curated by Nina Prader
gegen\archive: wer bleibt wo exhibition of the Prater-Gallerie at ACUD, Berlin