Tania Phuong

France, 1998



Thesis: How do we sink?






Growth-obsessed industrial capitalism has quickened our descent into decay and has resulted in a planet which is sickly in nature.

Embodied through mould growth in the project, a view of the past can be seen that also resonates with both the present and the future.

Decomposition, with its odd beauty, exemplifies the ephemerality of everything. The flow of time presents us a sensorial space which challenges memories and imaginations of the foregone past and potential futures. The installation serves as a reminder of our evanescence: two tree columns, filled with lacunas, and eaten away by mycelium. Dissociation between the natural and the man-made is unclear: the decay of the column had been accelerated. Human hands, much like mycelium, are also decomposer, creators of ruins, cracks and holes. Spots of pressure, things that are destined to be, yet additionally, spaces that contrarily facilitate life.

The fragmenting structure is a thought provoking and dynamic testimony of this, that evolves with time. The columns are not fixed, nor determined. They will continue to grow and change, giving an open ended and uncontrolled narrative.