People’s Republic of Zpod, Diesel Denim Gallery, Green St. New York, 2003: “MEAT-o-C(r)ITY, products for compliance™, has been developing a transportable housing module made of recycled aluminum and dismantled fashion billboards. Our thesis is, inspired by the zipper as a modular system, to utilize the enclave boundaries (the more subtle unseen thresholds between neighborhoods such as El Barrio and Park Avenue North or Chelsea and the West Village) of New York City as sites for the installation of these temporary, androgynous devices. The system is suspended in/between the alleyways of buildings running through entire city blocks. The site I have been currently working on is the block between Mott and Mulberry/ Grand and Hester, i.e. between Little Italy and Chinatown. The ultimate intention is to provide low-cost, yet comfortable and community oriented housing for newly-arrived aspiring supermodels and sweatshop workers. The name of the device is the Z-pod and its
program and structure are based in the need for a laterally united cultural fi eld, not unlike the zipper. I strongly believe that the content and audience of my presentation/product/ performance fits within Diesel’s place in our culture not necessarily as an icon of fashion but even more so because of its ‘critical’ public campaigns.” - excerpt from video featuring Eric Adamsons. Collaborators – Jose Flores, Mariana Hardy, Yuna Yagi, Ken Ikeda, Daisuke Nishimura, Nobuhiro Awata, Kyoko Oshima, Lealani Ranch, Ruth Chadwick, Ming Chow. Special Appearance by Lot-ek.
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