The home improvement store is a geological site on demand. Rockwool, Sheetrock, Quikrete Stucco. Materials are processed into products, packaged, stockpiled, stacked, and sold across global DIY supply-chains, from Bauhaus to OBI and Hornbach. Basalt, gypsum, limestone. Material economies are severed from mineral entanglements with millennia of rock, fossil, plant, and stone. The store is the modern quarry. It takes 1 day to install drywall; it takes 299 million years to form gypsum.
Planetary Home Improvement examines the geological time of material culture through both physical and digital gallery artifacts. Standardized home-building materials such as brick, drywall, mineral wool, and plywood are recast not as on-demand resources, but in planetary terms. By collapsing instant and ancient, this geological experiment engages the timescales of accumulation, installation, and instruction beyond logics of extraction or infinite growth.
Photo: Zdeněk Porcal (Studio Flusser)