OOPArts – in progress

« What has been is united in a lighting flash with the now proposing a unique experience of encounter in a determined spatio-temporal interval »

Walter Benjamin

 

An out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is an artifact of historical, archaeological or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, that challenges conventional historical chronology by being “too advanced” for the level of civilization that existed at the time, or showing “human presence” before humans were known to exist.

Understanding the need of such categorization as a clear evidence of the hierarchical structure of knowledge, this project aims at creating ooparts that do not “belong” to a certain period of time, but act as knowledge receptors through time. In line with Deleuze-Guattari’s rhizomatic conception of knowledge and Benjamin’s philosophy of historical materialism, the project will function as intersection and interstice between the most advanced and oldest civilization we have knowledge of and our contemporary civilization, in the time-space of residency at Fabra i Coats.