“We have to be more precise about how to conceive the concept of remain today. A field of contemporary ruins became inherited remains: a particular type of garbage. A sophisticated art in the present condition has to reconsider existing things, the plethora of representations, reconstructions of assemblages, congregations, accumulations, stitched surfaces, poly-cellular rationales and some distorting views of this field of remains; after this present crisis, garbage form a particularly strange landscape to consider intellectually. The crisis can be demonstrated as a series of garbage images. This is one of the more important reasons for which the concept of remain is crucial in what we do. We would have to reconsider the meaning of remain together with an active attitude that is already treating unimportant remains as an important mass. This mass of a growing unimportant surplus may be our heritage. We do not really seek for new inventions today, we desperately ask for reorganizations of remains. A variety of strategies towards the remain is at stake”.
“The strategy that I chose till now, in this sea of unwanted production, is a particular curating strategy: I curate real remains that can form particular congregations. Some populations of fragments may already constitute narrations of another order. Curating remains is not only a task of an historian or of a theorist but the task par excellence of a “creator”. ”
“In the present condition (that I already describe) an architect may try to act as a traveler in an abundance of particular remains. A traveler who despises a lot of those remains but in the same time he is attracted from some groups of them. Some populations out of the mass, may be important for productions of new impossible orders. these impossible orders maybe form already landscapes of remains (in the Simmel’s way of conceiving the notion of landscape): we can also name these productions: architectures of remains”.
this fragment belongs to Aristide Antonas lecture in “HOY”