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August 12, 2010

Salvage design


(Summer re-run: first published 26 July 2008)

Bamboo scaffolding, knotted aerial lines, hand painted signs or converted plastic bags: German photographer Thomas Kalak has published a book called “Thailand - Same same, but different!” that celebrates the Thais’ exceptionally gifted art of improvisation.

The strange objects and arrangements remind Kalak of art world “ready-mades” from the beginning of the 20th century.

They remind *me* that salvage society is not a future prospect that will happen when peak-everything hits home: untold millions of people subsist on the detritus of industrial society right now.

You can order the book here.

Posted by John Thackara at August 12, 2010 04:50 PM


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