Repairs from a Possible Future
/text by Colectivo Ronda

 

In the aftermath of Capitalism’s collapse, repair evolved into a crucial practice for many communities. It extended the life of objects left from the Industrial Era and fostered a novel relationship with the environment, matter, knowledge, and other living beings.

Following a tumultuous survival period, circa 35 years post-Great Migration (p.G.M), various coastal communities began to harvest materials from local resources. Algae-based biomaterials became predominant during the Neomaterial period (35 – 75 p.G.M). The initial extraction was agar-agar from Pelillo (Agarophyton chilensis), used to mend damaged garments. Soon, carrageenan, alginate, and other organic compounds were incorporated, some of whose compositions remain enigmatic.

The adoption of biomaterials for repair initiated a functional coexistence with microorganisms, paving the way for more intricate symbiotic processes. This evolution marked the Neo-Foundational era (circa 75 – 150 p.G.M), eventually leading to the vanishing of all human material traces on Earth.

Reconstituted T-Shirt Populated with Fungi

 

Textile remnants from Late Capitalism combined with agar biolaminate and Aspergillus fungi. Advanced Neomaterial, circa 50 p.G.M. 

Vegetable Fibre Separator

 

Recovered and modified wood and nails. Medium Reparative, circa 25 p.G.M.

Cutting Tools

 

Modified metals and wood. Medium Reparative, 16 – 36 p.G.M.

Measuring tape 

 

Recovered and knotted metal fibres. Early Reparative, 7 – 15 p.G.M.

Volume Measurers

 

Carved wood. Advanced Neomaterial, 50 – 67 p.G.M. 

Unpickers

 

Metals from Late Capitalism and carved wood. Reparative-Neomaterial, 37 – 43 p.G.M.

Collection by Ronda Collective. Yael Berkowitz, Aníbal Fuentes, Natalia Cerda, Carolina Pacheco, Francisca Feijoo, Loreto Leiva. Visit @__vestigios for more.