What Destroys What
Curated by N
Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future.
Robert Smithson, “Entropy and the New Monuments”
What Destroys What is a new exhibition that seeks to create a condition of constructive enmity. Six exhibitors (three artists, three architects) have been invited based on the alchemical transmutability identified in the conceptual, material, and formal realities of their work. These states of oppositional transference are productive, provocative, and opportunistic: material evolving into time, space transforming into concept, structure devolving into air. Slow, invisible, irreversible.
What Destroys What is curated by N, a curatorial collective comprised of Sam Spurr, Adrian Lahoud, and David Burns. Fundamental to each N project is the investigation of the overlaps and disjunctions between art and architecture. N believes that the conversation thus far has been too narrowly focused on material practicalities and territorial preoccupations. What Destroys What seeks to renew the discussion with a deliberate grouping of diverse works that defy disciplinary specificity.
What Destroys What is supported by Firstdraft's "Experimental Curators Program" and by a grant from the Centre for Contemporary Design Practices at UTS.
Catalogue essay by JAIME TSAI
Book design by Lucrezia Tettoni
Printed on 120gsm Impact