Thank you for the abstract, thank you for the concrete
13 July 2019

Thank you for the abstract, thank you for the concrete

2016 – Rotterdam

Visual Research / Sketches

The sketches are part of a study on the “image” of the city of Rotterdam (NL), an experiment on a possible rereading of the imaginary, and of re-appropriation through imagination.
I first reflected on the concept of the “city” inside the city: on how contemporary cities, especially if global, can constitute a border itself.
From there, after choosing the De Rotterdam skyscraper, as an example of the internationalization of the image of Rotterdam as World City Port, I used the camera as a scanner to capture the interior surfaces of the building.

I wanted to go deep into the surface of this ‘image’, to grasp both the ‘abstract’, unreal aspect of the city and the physical side.

Then, I hacked a paper building template (a toy), by replacing the exterior facades with the images of materials that I had previously taken.
From there, I built paper towers and I used the new blocks to play: I make them huff and puff down while reconstructing the building like in a loop.

The process served to me to re-shape an imaginary and reflect on the vulnerability of individuals but above all on the vulnerability of the economy, more often idealized and so unmentioned.