The restless mind of Vito Acconci has always pushed him on to seek new challenges and directions. Continuously hammering at the limitations of the medium he is working on, Acconci has produced a diverse body of work in poetry, performance art, sound, film, sculpture, and photography. Born in the Bronx in 1940, Acconci would initially pool all his energies into writing and language. By the late 60s he was experimenting with photography… Read more
About the artwork
Ecological in nature, this work explores Acconci's theories on sustainability and reveals the artist's expertise in urban planning and landscape design. Displaying the plans for a futuristic city running on recyclable energy, The City that Rides a Garbage Dump,1999 sees wastelands transformed into a sanitary urban settlement. Acconci also includes elements of the fantastic that would not be out of place in a science fiction movie; the images of rounded structures containing water or crops are accompanied by descriptive phrases such as "the bowl descends like a space-ship" or "a city of magic carpets". The artist thus undercuts the seriousness of the proposal with a number of playful references.