We as a plague (Black Cloud)

A project about Humans and Plagues in Testaccio, Rome (2011)

By amid

Black Cloud in Testaccio (Rome) is a gigantic and open cage that connects the Roman former Slaughter House with the leftover amphorae mountain of the Testaccio libidinal space is a tool for the redefinition of the relationships among humans and postnatural species, for the flight and the archiving of genomes of animal plagues.

This Third Nature is the most visible part of the institution that gathers the genetic material of animal species directly or indirectly modified by humans, such as plagues and domesticated animals and is situated in the former protein production factory.

Is an artificial ecotope inhabited by the starlings -that every year in Spring dye the Rome sky with their black clouds- and by the social groups that every night go to Testaccio. This ecotope revisits the way we interact with animals that surround us in big cities.

Beyond considering invasive plagues as potential threads and therefore persecute them as a fundamental part of our environment hygienic washout, it gathers the starling’s droppings to be converted in electricity and basic construction material and, at the same time, functioning as an extension of Testaccio’s clubs.

The strange cage open gerves as a temporary communal nesting and knitted basket for the Sturnidae that draw flocks in Rome’s sky following the cyber-raptors and collecting data of the city pollution and give access to the archive of genomes of the postnatural species dug out in Mount Testaccio’s interior.

More details in ABITARE, April Issue, 2012 (http://www.abitare.it/en/in-edicola/april-521/)


Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda
Paseo Imperial 6, 1c. 28005 Madrid
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