January, 2020

Planned Obsolescence

concrete sculpture, jigsaw, wire rope, motion detector

Planned obsolescence is the deliberate incorporation of weak points into products in order to shorten their service span. In some cases, extra mechanisms are designed to disable a device after a specified number of operating hours. In the eponymous installation a sculpture stands in the middle of the room under a heavy weight suspended from the ceiling. An apparatus saws at the suspension. It is triggered by opening the entrance door ans starts working for a few seconds. Sometime during the exhibition, the weight falls on the sculpture and destroys it.