ARTIFICIAL CYCLE


A table with chemically induced verdigris.

What does ageing mean? I am fascinated by our relationship with the transient. As soon as something grows old, we throw it away and upgrade it

to the latest model. That which is new is seen as something better than its predecessor simply because it is more modern.

However, that which is old is also considered to be beautiful. Is this an indication that society is becoming more oriented towards sustainability? Or do we predict a bleak future where newly produced items are of worse quality than the items of former times? Are the words ”new” and ”modern” starting to get a negative ring to them?

No matter the answer, we still cannot find the time to track down that unique chair or that vintage table that we would like to have. The aesthetics of ageing has become a new ideal, but we do not have time for our items to age naturally. The solution: faked ageing.