University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critics: François ROCHE, Stephan HENRICH, & Devin JERNIGAN.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Matthew STONE & Runing WANG: Surrealism is merely the reflection of the death process. It is one of the manifestations of a life becoming extinct, a virus which quickens the inevitable end. — Henry Miller
Our surrealist museum is a commentary on the current state of industrial production in emergent nations that acts as a mirror in the face of the output of the process. The museum represents the materialization of the immaterial waste of coal power production by bringing the future death and decay that is a result of rapid industrialization into the present. At the same time, it is a crystallization of the excrement of industrial production occurring presently that allows those who partake in the production to face the ugliness of the result of their strategic decisions to produce without regard and interact with a petrification of the present, which simulates our further decay in the future. They are able to touch what is normally forbidden; what is normally vomited up into our atmosphere, in an attempt to do away with, is now brought down to the ground and presented as an ugly, volatile, mass.
Our project does not intend to posit a solution to the problems of industrialization. It does not aim to fix, but to display as an attempt to showcase the raw ugliness of the production process and act as a showcase of the reality we have created in, while offering glimpses to the even more grim future. It is not a utopia, nor a dystopia; it is a crystallization of the current state. It is a reality.
It is not just a museum of the forbidden; a tribute to the industrial production process, but it is a museum of death. It is constantly dying, in a reflection of our own mortality. Within itself, it attempts to dramatically display the brief lifespan of our time on this planet; it is fruitlessly producing, while dying at the same rate.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MS & RW: François Roche and Ezio Blasetti.
sP: What were you listening to/watching while developing this project?
MS & RW: Reading: Out of Control. Listening to: Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, Dark Sanctuary.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MS & RW: Simon Kim.