☇PAVLE BANOVIĆ

WORKS
Parasitic sculptures
2021
The project consists of investigation and recording of certain type of structures that appear in public spaces and then creating user manuals and quasi-technical drawings of them as a guide to rethinking diferent systems that hold our society together. The name of the project comes from the term used in architecture for collapsible structures that are placed on already existing stable ones.
They are always composed of waste material, often construction, such as planks, metal fittings and wires, bricks, car tires, rubble and various pieces of textiles. The materials are always visibly damaged, worn out, attributes that we associate with landfills (the place where material that is no longer usable is stored). People create them with, it seems to me, the absence of any needs for aesthetics, they are always "ugly", seemingly unpleasant. The only value that is built into them during assembly is usablility. Their purpose is to function, although it is often taken away from them or is too subjective for others to understand. I would say they are anti aesthetic. They, like everything, have their place within the system of urban planning. It is always in the suburbs, on the outskirts of cities, in the marginal layers of society and settlements. In themselves, as a set of all of the above, they represent an ideological pendulum. A surplus that should not exist, but is still present and material. That's what "stings the eyes." They are a surplus in the capitalist system of consumption, they are a surplus in the ideological arrangement of public space, they are precarious. They are cracks on the edges of the ideological frames of our society. Their presence reminds us that the system is never functional.

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