vito acconci
 critical text
 artist statement
 urban situation
 acconci em sp
 na mídia
 arte/cidade - zona leste

Acconci Studio

The bones of a building yet to come, the bones of a building never to be: this is what remains on the site – this is what now is used as the kernel of a village. This unfinished building, this skeleton of building, functions now as the access to the village, This unfinished building functions now as the initial support of the village.

From each floor, above of the ground floor, a walkway (made of steel grating) goes out to a neighboring lamppost; the walkway is supported, on one side, by the floor of the building and, on the other side, by the lamppost. From the lamppost, cable comes down to support the walkway in the middle _ the lamppost resemble now the masts of a ship.

Each lamppost holds one "place", "one habitation", "one “park" in the village. You enter the village, you start your access to the places in the village, by means of the existent stairways of the building.

One walkway goes to the nearest lamppost, in front of the building, toward the street. This lamppost holds an amphitheater around a set of television sets, supported on the lamppost. This acts as an entertainment place, a little theater.

One walkway goes out to the lamppost down the street, where the street start to become an elevated highway. This lamppost holds an amphitheater that faces the opposite direction, out toward the street, out toward the city. This acts as an observation point, a resting place, a place to sit and look out at your surroundings from above.

One walkway goes out to the furthest lamppost, behind the building, near the elevated highway. This lamppost holds a circular table, surround by a circular bench. This acts as a resting place, an eating place, a meeting place.

On each lamppost there’s a spiral staircase, around the lamppost, that takes you from level to level. The stairs are made of steel grating, like the walkway. The habitation-place (seats, table, etc.) on each lamppost are made of corrugated steel.

At the top of each lamppost is a rain collector, like a upside-down umbrella. This is made of The used material is corrugated plastic, fiberglass, polycarbonate. It collects water for the village, water for the fixtures contained in the building itself.

You enter, from the building, onto a walkway that takes you out to the lamppost; then you walk up or down the spiral staircase, around the lamppost; then you walk back to the building on another walkway, that takes you to another level. The building is your base of operations: from each floor of the building, you go out to another lamppost.

The unfinished building functions as the private part of the village. Bathroom units _ toilets stalls _ are plugged into the first and second floors. The units are like capsules propped on the edges of each floor; each unit is half on the floor and half in mid-air; the units are made of corrugated translucent fiberglass (you’re enclosed within the unit, but your shadow is seen from outside). On the roof is a water-trough, for washing. The water for bathroom-units, and for the water-trough, is provided by the rain-collectors on the lamppost; pipes take the water to the unfinished building.

The village is lit by the existent lampposts. Light passes down, through the corrugated fiberglass of the upside-down umbrellas, onto the amphitheater and the seats and table. Within the unfinished building, a system of mirrors reflects light, from the lamppost, into the buildings.