Category: Miniature Cities

Plastic City Videos

Plastic City

Tracey Clement, concept drawing for 'Plastic City', 2010.

Tracey Clement, concept drawing for ‘Plastic City’, 2010.

Big isn’t always better

Plastic City represents the annual consumption of one individual. The miniature buildings are made from every plastic container I bought during 2010; they were stored instead of recycled.

Tracey Clement, 'Plastic City' (detail), 2012, plastic containers used in 12 months, dimensions variable.

Tracey Clement, ‘Plastic City’ (detail), 2012, plastic containers used in 12 months, dimensions variable.

The vaguely sci-fi style of the mini city’s ‘architecture’ is an invitation to think about the future. Plastic City embodies a number of timely questions about the types of cities we want to live in, sustainable practice in urban environments and personal responsibility.

Visitors should leave asking themselves, “How big would my Plastic City be?” In this case, bigger isn’t better.

Plastic City highlights the fact that recycling is not enough. We need to choose items that aren’t heavily packaged. We need to use less and re-use, not just recycle.

Tracey Clement
2012

Plastic City was constructed on site over a week at Articulate Project Space, June 19-24, 2012.

The public were invited to visit during the making process and helped to ‘recycle’ the work at the closing event.

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Post Premonitionism: JG Ballard’s The Drowned World

Post Premonitionism: What do you do when you have already seen the future? In 1962, JG Ballard’s book, The Drowned World, was a prescient warning; wilfully ignored.

Forty five years later, the causes may be different, but we seem to be spiralling into an ecological melt-down straight out of Ballard’s vision. What do you do when you have already seen the future? Apparently nothing.

In Post Premonitionism, fragile steel structures seem to mimic the skeletal remains of an abandoned city. Twisted, rusty and ephemeral, they eventually will disintegrate completely, vulnerable and helpless against nature’s inexorable power.

I have transposed Ballard’s premonition of The Drowned World on to the reality of Australia; salt takes the place of water in a continent characterised by drought.

Tracey Clement
2007

Post Premonitionism was a site-specific installation at Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain in 2007. It was my second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Photos: Details 1, 2, 4 & 5,  Richard Glover. Details 3, 6 & 7 & installation shots, Tracey Clement.