Documentation video for the artwork ‘reappropriation’ (2019-20) by Irish visual artist Shane Finan, with Amy Bunce. Made for the Over Nature touring exhibition 2020 (curated by Valeria Ceregini – www.valeriaceregini.com) and first exhibited at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Ireland February 7th-March 6th 2020
The installation is built from compost, woodchip, acrylic, found plastic and a video. At the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, it imagines a future where capitalists roam the underground looking for the last valuable resource – plastic. As one of the most ubiquitous and useful media in the world, plastic has been overused as a by-product of petroleum, and micro-fibres have become so common that they are found in water, soil and the air around the globe. Built as a portal into the underground, the art installation considers the pervasiveness of plastic with the self-perpetuating individualism of a capitalist society.
Part of the contemporary obsession with plastic relates to the fixation on a germ-free environment. Objects wrapped in plastic sell better, we are told. It has become a symbol of capitalism since the entrepreneurship of Brownie Wise when she saw the potential of tupperware, to the use of fear as a marketing tool by major supermarkets in the 21st Century.
It is the fourth artwork in the series Antikythera, etc., due to conclude in 2020 with the fifth and final work. Each piece in this series commemorates an event that relates to forgotten or misunderstood technology.
Video and audio by Shane Finan, 2020