detroit

“P9/9119/53699”

Willis Gallery

According to The Detroit Free Press, there are 3,500 to 3,800 vacant houses in the city of Detroit scheduled for demolition in the upcoming year. Ironically, the abandonment of the “Motor City” has been facilitated by the automobile, which has made possible the great number of bedroom communities that comprise the outlying suburbs. Detroit is certainly one of those “zones of disintensification,” cited by Jean Baudrillard after his recent tour of America, which have become “dumping grounds, wastelands, and new deserts for the poor,” as post-industrial society contracts to eliminate anything not of service to it. A bungalow left in the wake of this mobile culture was “de-built” by architects Jean-Claude Azar, James Keyden Cathcart, Frank Fantauzzi, Terrence Van Elslander, and Michael Williams as part of their project, P9/9119/53699, 1989. The piece was named after the various tracking

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