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Artistic devices and the ethical nature of recycling: Burning as détournement, destruction as materiality

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Many artists use recycling as a didactic tool and as a form of activism. In my practice I make use of both but the core concept is that the destruction we are inflicting upon our world, through the destruction of our natural environment, it’s ceased. I call it the Destruction of Destruction, in which the act of destroying turns against itself. Through artistic devices such as redundancy and détournement, the materiality of the artwork becomes imbued with energies that come from actions. This article explores some of the contextual remits of my art practice in the context of socio-political actions, materiality and immateriality, but also from an individual point of view: the forces that move me as an artist to make art.
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Keywords: actions; destruction; devices; détournement; materiality; plastic; post-materialism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of the Arts London

Publication date: 01 September 2018

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