Broken Windows

  • Broken Windows 2 (Needle Factory) in process @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

    Broken Windows 2 (Needle Factory) in process @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

  • Broken Windows 2 / 3 (Needle Factory) @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

    Broken Windows 2 / 3 (Needle Factory) @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

  • Broken Windows 1 (Needle Factory) in process @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

    Broken Windows 1 (Needle Factory) in process @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

  • Broken Windows 1 (Needle Factory) @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

    Broken Windows 1 (Needle Factory) @ ibug 2018, Chemnitz

Broken Windows

Destruction as a starting point for creativity

Various & Gould started working on “Broken Windows” in 2015. This ongoing series refers to the same-titled theory by the American social scientists Wilson and Kelling (1982) stating that a broken window of an abandoned building acts as the trigger for the general increase in crime in the neighborhood.

The theory set the foundation for the zero tolerance strategy which led to increased police presence and rigorous prosecution of petty offences.

Various & Gould utilizes broken, partly self-struck windows in empty buildings as templates for their canvases. By using semitransparent spray paint, the hole in the glass is forming a superposition of abstract shapes on the canvas. As in theory, broken windowpanes form the starting point for development, whereby the destruction act of demolition is converted into a constructive work and a metaphor for the emergence of creative processes in the urban context.

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