Planned Obsolescence reflects on the afterlife of consumed objects, desire and the material world. A project realised in collaboration with THE RYDER Projects and curated by SCAN (Spanish Contemporary Art Network), the exhibition is the first of a series presented in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Guy Debord’s prescient The Society of the Spectacle.
Can ‘fetish-ness’ be dislodged from an object through violent intervention? Planned Obsolescence examines the persistence of material autonomy and poses questions about the meanings of designed redundancy and recycling in a culture that is consumed and mediated through devices which also have expiry dates.
Planned Obsolescence is presented as a visual conversation among three artists, Nuria Fuster, Julia Varela and William Mackrell, interrogating the materiality and mechanisms of the fetish aura in which projection (psychic and actual), excess and failure are strategic tools.