Plasticity is a UV-lit plastic bottle/plant life hybrid installation created in the context of CART 411: The Ecosophic Turn at Concordia University. It is made of approximately one thousand plastic bottles arranged in modules, suspended by fishing wire. Each bottle is either empty or contains some combination of water, plant life (moss or commiphora), or tonic water (quinine). The imagined macro organism grows out of a void between three circles of accumulated trash, represented by the labels of the bottles. Two fluorescent tubes and three CFL blacklights make quinine glow, illuminating subdued life forms and installing an atmosphere of reflection and tranquility where an abnormal nature exists.

The installation is concerned with the proliferation of plastic, overwhelming countless ecosystems where its abundance starts to impact plant and animal DNA. The installation was born from a common desire to create an artwork from existing materials destined for landfills or recycling centers.

Plasticity responds to the concepts of the Human & Non-Human collective (Bruno Latour) and aims to contribute to a "mutant production of enunciation" (Félix Guattari). It also proposes an abstract, near-future urban scenario, in sculpture form. We draw inspiration from various sources, such as the Metabolist movement in Japan and Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, here in Montreal.

Credits

Plasticity was a labor of love and a collaboration between

The tasks of management, communication, assembly and material gathering, prototyping, and conceptual design alternated among the four team members.

Exhibition

Plasticity was exhibited in EV 6.720 of Concordia University's EV building at 1515 St-Catherine Ouest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on the following days:

  • December 7, 2009
  • December 10-11, 2009
  • December 17-18, 2009

Gallery

View album

Exhibition Timelapse

Exhibition Walkthrough

Making-Of

Presentation I

16 slides

Presentation of initial concept and ideas based on theory and readings; proposal of location; statement of goals.

Presentation II

26 slides

Refining of concept, goals, and theory research; commitment on materials to be used.

Quinine and blacklight testing

Prototyping and Construction Timelapse

Music

We chose Vrioon by Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto as the sound for the installation. The album played on repeat on an MP3 player installed in a dock on the grid.