Alicja Dobruka - PVC Architecture
During my time in Berlin, a city constantly reinventing itself, at the residency at ZKU I have been investigating the urban landscape, in particular temporary structures, be they ruins or buildings under constructions – small pieces of history in suspension. This urban landscape is temporary but somehow appears permanent; some of the buildings have been veiled for more than 10 years.
I have been thinking about architecture and memory inspired by the absence of architecture, the city in transition, wondering about the permanence of things. In this series of works I’m trying to preserve a bit of that ephemeral state.
The white or colorful screens of PVC material that are meant to look like real structures transform the city into a canvas, a backdrop for something to happen, a theatre stage for the passers-by and the accompanying street sounds.
The buildings lose their scale in relation to the surrounding objects, or the other way round, the real becomes somehow enhanced when viewed in contexts defined by the prevalent white PVC sheets that cover scaffolding, as if developers were especially creating these white gaps in the urban landscape to provide photographers with backdrops.
I’m fascinated by the interplay of the real and the artificial. The developers’ intervention in the architecture creates the unintentional result that the temporary veiling stands in for and replaces the architectural structure.
I wonder what would happen if the whole city was covered in white.