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Manifiesto Composta

Laboratorio de Artes Binarios, Santurce, Puerto Rico
October 22, 2015 – December 15, 2015




Compost as organic material for decomposition, as material rich in potential nutrients for growth, as manure and as ruin, it is the current state of things, of the material world and of the obvious wear of civilization. As creative ferment, it is the process of allowing to die or allowing to grow, similar to the relatively autonomous growth of plants.

This is the challenge:

– To empower the idea (compost) as opposed to what is yet to come
– To disenchant ourselves with scientific, social, and political utopias without succumbing to despair
– To rethink present dystopias without consenting to general conformity, another social contract, or to gnostic materialism
– To contemplate the imminent transgression of an “other reality” — call it the eternal kingdom of God — that bursts into “the normality” of things
– To refer to the traumatic action/reaction of this terrestrial sphere, world/compost as obsolete, old, and hostile in relation to what is yet to come
– To ponder the origin and fate of a city/garden
– To resist, even if it were necessary, the unity and imposition of a techno empire

Manifiesto Composta brought together the interventions of Jorge González, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, and Ricardo Morales who work with theological, ecological, aesthetic, and social perspectives on decomposition and regeneration through long-term projects. While Rosado-Seijo carried out his second photographic intervention in over ten years on El Cerro [the Hill] in Naranjito and intervened in the space with a cross drawing ramp/machine referencing medieval architecture, Jorge González transfered artisanal labor in order to intervene in modern architecture referencing local production models and material culture. Morales-Hernández, in the process of writing and publishing his first treatise after 20 years of continuous work, introduced a new series of precarious paintings (SOS), and continued to open his visual/narrative process to the participation of volunteers via internet and in nomadic workshops in Europe and Latin America.

Manifiesto Composta elucidated the fact of our fascination with exploring the aesthetics that are possible in a world yet to come without ruling out the pain brought on by crisis, personal and collective struggles, or the injustice that is evident in the current kingdoms of this world. While information overload and life overload are the common threads, the greatest virtue of this project might well be decomposition and growth.

Photo: Raquel Perez-Puig
Courtesy of the artists


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