Nut Brothers block of smog.

I was told about this piece of art by a friend and unfortunately had to use the internet to research it, as "Nut Brother" is a relatively inconspicuous artist. 

“Dust represents the side effects of humankind’s development, including smog and building-site dust,”.. .. “When I first arrived in Beijing, I wore a hygienic mask for a few days, but later I stopped. In smog like this, there’s no escaping.”

This idea is one of the few contemporary examples of something I feel to be not only completely unique, but contain the force of unparalleled relevance to the times. It's simple but incredibly effective, as with most successful stand-alone pieces of art. Although the material for the construction of the small sculpture/or object is completely tangible, it is not something we can imagine in this state as dust particles are of course invisible to the eye when not condensed in huge masses; whether it be 1400ppm of various particles of pollution in air, or a compressed block. 

Although the performance of this idea I believe to be more relevant than the final outcome, I am interested in exploring the possibilities (hypothetically) with the final outcome. 

When we look at a post-industrial landscape, we're looking at the effects of a deindustrialisation, and shift from production economy to a research and service economy, one can even go as far as to predict an 'experience economy'. These themes link closely with previously discussed Topics of post-Fordism, which when studying the area of Dagenham/Lea valley (as the industrial hub of London) are of veritable importance, as we can link the terms conception to the area. 

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