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The consumer goods industry, hegemonic organ of social and economic policies, acts by respecting an absurd maxim: build to destroy as a condition of progress.

Limit is a collective that works to generate research spaces where the notions of garbage and waste are disturbed. We are particularly interested in indust… Read More
The consumer goods industry, hegemonic organ of social and economic policies, acts by respecting an absurd maxim: build to destroy as a condition of progress.

Limit is a collective that works to generate research spaces where the notions of garbage and waste are disturbed. We are particularly interested in industrial waste as a trace or track of production relations and evidence of material contradictions and social inequality.

At the end of the work day, the worker and the material are conceived as residues, spent by the workforce, by its functions and qualities, having been consumed to obtain an ephemeral object.

Through collective actions and workshops in collaboration with workers from industries that produce consumption goods, we seek to stimulate public reflection regarding labor alienation and work fragmentation that disengage the worker from the final product. During these workshops we explore the qualities and meanings of industrial waste from specific companies, in a creative and playful process of appropriation of the material.

During the final stage of the workshop, an object is generated from transformation of the material. The final product from this process challenges the system of production and consumption, since an alternate variable to the classic model of “material economy” is inserted: waste is the basic component of the art piece and the worker is not simply another piece in the industrial chain, but rather the direct author of an object made at his will. Thus, stability and liberty are found in this waste, the material is freed from its function and the worker freed from his industrial identity. The transformation of matter generates the possibility of re-appropriation, self-definition, and the freedom to decide, without production lines that determine functions and useful life.

Likewise, Limit’s work disturbs notions of public and private property and their relationship with consumption, since as soon as materials cross the conventional frontier of functionality they become waste and enter the sphere of what is public, from where they will be recovered thanks to the creative work by workers. The transformation of materials from Limit’s intervention is subordinate to humans, who once emancipated from their identity of “producer-consumer”, manage for the resulting objects to be displaced from the pragmatic world to the symbolic realm, suspended between their births and wearing out, between the fragile and arbitrary relation of the public and the private. Read Less
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