10 May 2013
Architectural Association, London
Utopic Reconstruction: Towards a New Pig-Topia
Cohabitation Of Humans and Pigs
The head of a pig.
Split second imagery but vividly embedded in my mind. Scenes from a film I watched with my mother when I was a boy. Aku-jou it was called, from what I remember. A Japanese film made in the late 60s. This dialogue between animals and mankind and the violence of their relationship set up the premise for my project this year.
A programmatic bricolage of living between the beast and the master. The architecture; a gigantic frame in Hampstead, the pseudo-countryside of London for the rich and the affluent. Bricks and mortar, lichen and moss. Traditional.
Movable floor-plates and walls for the hedonistic and flexible appropriation of this bestial perversion. A free space. Social relationships develop with the pigs. The pigs are no more animals. Their porcine status elevated to equate to humans.
The architecture: Surreal. This trans-dimensional collision of beings, is it a dream or reality?
I pinch myself and remember, I just had pork belly for lunch. It tasted good.
‘I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell? ‘
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