Increasingly complicated manufacturing, from resource extraction to manufacturing and disposal


Human activities have had geological effects on Earth and are now known as the Anthropocene. Mining has developed worldwide without regard to natural cycles, and manufacturing processes have become very complex. As a result, understanding an overall picture of resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal is extremely difficult, and people have yet to find a way out of the current situation.


Waste materials from Tokyo are simply treated with our hands regarded as vernacular materials


Haze is a series of objects that attempts to reframe the relationship between humans and materials, which has become inadequate and too complex. This project is part of we+'s research project, “Urban Origin”. Copper wire (discarded wire), a symbol of modern civilization, was collected in Tokyo and used in this artwork. Copper was the first metal used by humans, laying the foundations for modern electrical civilization and telecommunication. Meanwhile, it has been over-mined around the world and manufacturing processes have become very complex. According to some estimates, copper’s current reserve-production ratio is around 30 years. This project returns to the roots of our relationship with materials - "using vernacular materials and shaping them by hand" - and imagines Tokyo as a mineral deposit where copper can be made with less energy to explore new values for copper wire beyond its original functions and utilities.

Hazeは、不適切かつ複雑になりすぎてしまった人間と素材の関係の再構築を試みるオブジェです。we+のリサーチプロジェクト「Urban Origin」の一環として取り組んでいます。使用しているのは、現代文明の象徴とも言える、東京で回収された使用済みの銅線。銅は人類が初めて利用した金属であり、近代の電気文明やテレコミュニケーション文化の礎を築きました。しかしながら、世界中で過剰な採掘が行われており、その製造工程は非常に複雑です。可採年数は30年程度という試算もあります。そこで本プロジェクトでは、東京をより少ないエネルギーで銅が産出できる鉱床と見立て、「土着の素材を使い、自分たちの手でシンプルに加工する」という、人間と素材の関係の原点に立ち戻ることで、機能性や利便性にとらわれることのない、銅線の新たな価値を探っています。

Masayuki Hayashi
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