Alserkal Arts Foundation Public Art Commission by urban collective METASITU opened on 6 November in Warehouse 90 (previously known as Nadi Al Quoz ). The Commission by former Alserkal Residency residents METASITU suggests architecture as a process, rather than a finished object. Through it, the collective explores the cycles of ruinification, ecological footprint, returns, and alternative urban models.
METASITU has transformed the building previously known as Nadi Al Quoz into a ruin folly, a popular architectural typology in the 18th and 19th century Western garden tradition. During those times, patrons commissioned ‘deliberate ruins’ and ‘exotic pavilions’ - follies - for their estates. These structures of ‘unusable architecture’ came to establish spatial counter-narratives to the production-line logic of the, then-emerging, industrialisation era.
By deliberately creating a ruin in 21st century Dubai, METASITU reflects on the extractive city-building processes, as well as contextualising them within different human and geological timelines. In an attempt to return the building’s materials to their ‘original state’, different parts have been repurposed and reused. The Commission will run until 25 January 2020. In the spring of 2020, the space will be further deconstructed into a landscaped environment for the public.
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