Collective periscope

Ruth Gonzalez


Pipes are used in agricultural and urban systems for the flow of water. I’m bringing them from the underground to the surface to talk about the community of Oosterwold and its dynamics when it comes to building  public space, roads and water systems and the conflicts they entail. Pipes become material evidence of these disputes. They carry out all the dirt, waste, and smell from all the bodies becoming abstract but also literal composite mixture of all the inhabitants, an unintended unification that binds all the individuals.

A pipeline creature, acquiring an architectural character, emerges from its hiding place to be looked at and through collectively. The pieces become optical devices proposing collective looking to talk about individual dispersion that characterizes the community in contrast to the collective character that normally pipelines hold.

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