Future Archaeologies, 2016
Expanded polyurethane PUR D70, extruded polystyrene XPS, methacrylate, modular shelves, HD videos, text bot, minicomputers with custom aluminium heatsinks, NFC tags, stickers and online content. 600 x 200 x 350 cm. approx.
Installation view in Archaeologies of the Future, Laboral, Gijón, ES
Future Archaeologies unearths the work of the chimeric architect Joaquín Vaquero Palacios and his pioneering designs for the Salime, Selviella and Proaza hydroelectric plants. Built between 1954 and 1965, these brutalist landmarks are covered with symbols representing energy and its transformation processes. In spite of the architect’s innovative spirit, industrial technology still appears as a forceful agent of change dominating the environment.
This ongoing archive aims to question industrial technology’s preponderant role as mediator between nature and society, right when the sector’s ongoing privatization and the emergence of a “sun tax” have ignited the debate on energy management.