Auto-centric

Thomas Bayrle, $, 1980

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been reading Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map and I just finished Sorkin’s essay the Jungle Urban: Welcome to Petropolis. I am also reading Rethinking a Lot The Design and Culture of Parking by Eran Ben-Joseph on the side. While both of these are thought provoking, I have become overwhelmed with the facts and maybe even depressed. Both are critical of an auto-centric society and the negative impact the infrastructures (pipeline or parking lots in particular) have on the environmental:  oil spills, toxic land, air pollution, unfiltered storm water runoff and increasing daytime temperatures in cities. Automobiles and their infrastructures have played a role in shaping our natural and built environment and they have contributed to the decentralization of urban areas and urban sprawl. Both books have reconfirm my commitment as to why I will never own a car but I do like how the artists I am about to highlight used cars, not as a mode of transportation but as absurd artistic propositions.

Benedict Radcliffe, Modern Japanese Classic, 2005

Benedict Radcliffe, Modern Japanese Classic, 2005

Benedict Radcliffe, Daiston Jazz Car, 2007

Benedict Radcliffe, Daiston Jazz Car, 2007

Chris Burden, Metropolis II, 2006-2011

Chris Burden, Metropolis II, 2006-2011

Chris Burden, Metropolis II, 2006-2011

Chris Burden, Metropolis II, 2006-2011

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled 2000

Thomas Hirschorn, Spinoza Car, 2011

Simon Starling, Flaga (1972-2002)

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