Tbilisi architecture biennial

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26.10.20

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Commons are inextricably linked to specific systems of exploitation. The aspiration for ‘progress’ is exploitative; appropriating our surroundings and inheritance regardless of the consequences. Earthmovers is a film essay examining the bulldozer as a significant tool of post socialists countries’ embrace of neoliberalism, brutal wave of privatization and dispossession of commons. Taking it as a primary object of inquiry, the project addresses the culture of clearance that has penetrated into the public narrative, as a means to catch up with the West, with nations implementing widespread destruction from urban renewal to rural earthmoving practices as a means of achieving progress. Tracing the history of the machine, the film shades light on the entanglements of nature and technology, and the embedded violence of this transformative technology on both humans and non-humans.


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