Jorge Otero-Pailos in conversation with psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips on the interconnections between Ruskin and Freud, conservation and identity, ethics and aesthetics, the art of preservation and need for self-preservation.
★★★★★ the Guardian
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ London Evening Standard
Jorge Otero-Pailos's 5-star-reviewed work The Ethics of Dust is installed in the oldest existing building in the Houses of Parliament. This 50-metre-long cast of Westminster Hall's east wall contains hundreds of years of surface pollution and dust held captive in translucent latex.
Suspended from the roof and hung parallel to the east wall, the work is the result of a cleaning process in which latex was sprayed onto the walls of this UNESCO world heritage site, then peeled off, gently lifting dirt from the surface. Backlit and further illuminated by natural light from the hall's high windows, the amber glow of this sculptural installation commands a moment of consideration for the what John Ruskin once called “that golden stain of time.”
About Jorge Otero-Pailos
Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Associate Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University. His work has been exhibited at major museums, festivals, galleries, and foundations, notably, the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy, the V&A, London and the Louis Vuitton Galerie Museum.
About Adam Philips
Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times, and he is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. His most recent book is Unforbidden Pleasures.
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