Brandon LaBelle - Transportation and Recycling (proposal to the mayor)
  Year :   2003
  Location :   Brazil
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Ybakatu Espaco de Arte, Curitiba.

  Work Details  
  “Transportation and Recycling (proposal to the mayor)” is based on two aspects of the city of Curitiba, Brazil that contribute to the city’s infrastructure as well as reflect a fantasy of what the city should be: transportation systems and recycling practices form a dual policy in promoting new urban planning as well as images of Curitiba as a “progressive” city. Paralleling such ambition the exhibition will consist of two installation projects. The projects will aim to adopt transportation and recycling as models, or locations, for the construction of actual designs for city projects—to shadow the city with additional policy—as well as opportunities to think through the place of sound within urban environments. Through juxtaposing sound and speculative design, the projects will suggest strategies for implementing the acoustical as an element in actualizing the built environment.Transportation: Curitiba is known for its unique bus system, which allows the transportation of its inhabitants across the entire area of the city in roughly one hour. To identify such conscientiousness the city boasts a highly stylized design for its bus stops: black cylindrical tubes constructed out of metal and glass that stand roughly 20’ wide, 70’ long and 12’ high. Passengers buy a ticket before entering the stations, and inside wait for the next bus onto which they enter directly from the tubes. The bus stations thus signify “transportation.” Constructing a parallel bus station in the gallery space, a proposal for additional bus stations will be made: these additional stations would be positioned alongside existing bus stations, though in contrast will be constructed as white rectangular structures. They will not so much offer access to buses but instead will “transport” sounds from around the city. In this way, these additional bus stations will function as “static” repositories for the collecting and archiving of the sonic environment.Recycling: Along with transportation, Curitiba has established a highly efficient and progressive recycling program: collectors of recyclable goods can exchange items for fresh produce supplied by local farmers. Such an exchange makes for an abundance of production, consumption and ultimate recycling. In reference to such process, a series of recordings made by various participants will be presented. These recordings will be produced by asking participants to walk around certain areas of the city while taking note of the sounds they hear. Recordings will then be made of the participants reading their notes. Structures will then be built based on the “garbage” racks found in the city on which residents place refuse. These structures will be placed around the gallery and will in turn provide a platform for audio speakers which will amplify the prepared recordings. In this sense, sound will be recycled from around the city and turned into an object of attention in which speech, movement, and individual perspective intersect.