OIL: a new town in a resource extraction region
Just a reminder of On Site's exhibition / competition / call for entries for a new town in a resource extraction area.
We are looking for ideas, ideas, ideas. There are resource links on the call for entries page for general starting point information, however, you are being asked to figure out what the strategy should be, in 2011, for starting up a new town.
On the Strand over the weekend there was a piece on video artist Diana Thater's installation on Chernobyl, which was effectively a new city built in the 1970s, something I hadn't realised when it was abandoned just 20 years later. It is now inhabited by animals, wild horses walk the streets, swans nest on the tailings ponds. Thater says it is a necessity of nature to persist. She also talks about what a post-human world looks like, where political systems that built such installations were abandoned along with the site.
We usually think of designing or planning a new town from point zero, or near to it, that builds into a community with shape and form. One might also think of the new town when it becomes a discarded post-nuclear installation: what will it say about what we were?