A time Capsule of Life is a growing interactive sculpture, the structure of which derives from a seed; a complete survival package. The sculpture is created from plastic bags, a contemporary mode of distribution of daily goods which, connected together, form a transparent structure of cells and conduits. By connecting the plastic bags with air tubes the bags will be pumped up.
This is put in motion by the movement of the audience who become part of the system, allowing the seed to grow out as a mature structure. That is to say, the sculpture only grows when the audience is moving around it. If they stand still to long the structure is deflating again. The seed structure is made up of pentagons and hexagons. An architectural structure which is very common in nature. By using semi transparent bags seen as plant cells, together with the air tubes, the sculpture has the identity of an organic structure with a complex system of veins around it.
By using standard plastic shopping bags there is made a link with the behavior of the modern consumer which has a relentless need to buy things. It’s like it has become one of the first necessities of life. The daily turmoil or shortcoming has to be satisfied by buying something.
When the sculpture is growing or reducing it causes a cracking sound because of the sort of plastic the bags are made. It gives a meditative feeling. Moreover it says something about the state of mind of the consumer to.
In the development of agriculture collecting seeds was an important factor. It gave us the ability to grow crops and systematically repeating this process. Nowadays one is collecting new things; in a plastic bag, an item everyone knows in this world. Even a homeless person has plastic bags for its existence. In the Netherlands a homeless person is even allowed to remain on the front steps of a supermarket if he is in the possession of a plastic bag with the logo of that supermarket…
This is a time laps video just to see it grow...
This audio fragment is recorded when the air pump is switched off and the structure is slowly coming down again...
Materials: plastic PPE, brass, pvc air tubes, air pump, motion detectors.
Measures: 5,5 x 3 x 2 m
Location: Het Glazen Huis, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Curator: Alice Smit