TABLE: H41 CM / H16.1 FEETS
The expression « Technocrat » comes from the « Slave City » system of society elaborated by AVL in 2005. The city of 200 000 inhabitants lives in a closed circuit and goes by a rational, effective and profitable logic. The organisation is complex but under control. The table top presents the city’s energy production. The system is ecological, based on the use of the excremental production of the men who play a capital role in satisfying the society’s need for autonomy. The faecal matter goes through a treatment process materialised by containers of different sizes and shapes for storage, decanting, filtration… to finally produce the bio-gas necessary for community life (food preparation, alcohol making…) and drinking water. The scenario is utopian but holds up scientifically in in-depth studies.
Sculptor Joep van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. He is the progenitor of AVL-ville, a self-sufficient free-state in the port of Rotterdam named after the studio he founded in 1995. For three decades van Lieshout has produced work that straddles art, design, and architecture; sharing recurring themes of systems, power, life, sex, death, and the human individual amidst the greater whole.
AVL gained international recognition for sculptural installations featuring controversial or sinister nuances. Alongside playful perversion, the work conveys disdain for limitation and longing for freedom. Van Lieshout considers the body to be divine architecture with the viewer invited to interact with manufactured interior spaces resembling internal organs, acting out taboos and wish fulfillment.
His work Sensory Deprivation Skull allows the experience of entering one’s own head, offering a period and place of mental respite. Wellness Skull houses a sauna and a bath within its form, proffering more hedonistic relaxation.
AVL’s projects traverse clean design and non-functional sculptures doubling as habitats, fusing luxury with anarchic independence from conventional living.