Aggregates (2017). A reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s acclaimed happening Fluids (1967). Largely known for the objectless nature of his arts practice, Kaprow coined the term “happening” in the late-nineteen-fifties which incorporated performances, events and situations, as art, into everyday life. For the construction of Fluids, Kaprow recruited a group of local participants to build several enclosures measuring around 30 ft. long, 10 wide and 8 high, using ice blocks as his material. Once in place, the enclosures were left to melt evaporating into the air.
Alike Fluids, that commented on the nature of human labour, Aggregates (2017) exploited its own materiality to multiply its original meaning. Over the course of one day about 200 sandbags were filled with sand, to build a wall in a working quarry. The wall moved about 30 ft. across the site, each bag relayed from one end of the wall to the other in succession. By substituting ice for plastic sandbags, the work aimed to address the over-production and consumption of materials and the permanence of objects themselves. In the anthropogenic present, Aggregates sought to recognise new plastic geologies and the lasting impact that human activity has had on the planet.
Aggregates (2017) was documented by arron & Adrian Appleyard, tom gugan, Rafiqfuad Yarahmadi, ricky adams & tom rodgers. SPECIAL THANKS TO ROTHERHAM SAND & GRAVEL CO. LTD. AND LC PACKAGING UK LTD. participants included: CLAIRE ROBYN BOOTH, STU BURKE, JOANA CIFRE CERDÀ, KAtie CRABTREE, JACOB T DENNESS, KAT HENDY, MATTHEW JACKSON, ALEXANDER KANIEWSKI, KURPNIEKS KLĀVS, VERITY FRANCOISE MARTHA, ROBBIE MCGANN, PAUL STEWART, HARRISON SWABY, JACKSON SWABY &KEELAN SWIFT.