An enquiry over environments that are born out of human mega-infrastructures and the natural conditions that derive from it.
Airports carry out an important symbolic role in terms of control and safety and the function of border and regulation, especially in those countries where citizens have freedom of movement. The aesthetic derived from these over-controlled environments outlines a global standard that communicates little about both human and natural diversity flows that occur between and outside its walls.
The condition of limited accessibility grants to airports’ spaces a particular status: they are institutions to filter the global flows. Flows of people but also animals, plants and bacteria. For all these categories there are limitations and risks. At the same time airports create a specific human and non-human biome: global citizens inhabit these places more than any other space they call home, and in a similar way, the fence of the airport keeps wildlife far from human daily impact.
As some humans are not allowed to come in or fly out, some forms of life are more welcome than others: the oasis created around airports clashes with natural phenomenon such as birds migrations. Bird collisions are a minor risk but nevertheless they necessitate human control.
Birds’ migrations communicate a problematic relation that on one side acknowledge the involuntary role of airports in preserving habitats protected by human presence, and on the other the inevitable “collision” between behaviours of planes and birds that forces airports to take measures to control birds.
What we want to argues is that not only the human evolution creates conflict with nature, but it is also the other way around: the rebellion/resistance of nature that leads human to evolve in new ways, “green” or “blue”, always within the framework of capital domination over environments and people.
With a video, a map and a sculpture we want to express the complexity of the social reality related to our relation with infrastructures, non-human being and migrants.
PROCESS AND RESULTS
This gallery resumes the research material collected during the residency and the results of our work.