Untitled (planned obsolescence)


Fritzia Irízar

Human kind seems to suffer from a planned obsolence similar of the vilest and voracious products of capitalism. Ideals, beliefs, civilizations and achievements have been seen born, grow and develop as part of large ideological and social structures in History that seemed immovable but without exception all have been revoked, destroyed, taken to the zero degree of thinking.
Among the greatest and mythical civilizations that left to us mysteries and certainties are Phenicia in the Middle East and the Maya in Central America, both share many mysteries and achievements, both asure the invention of number 0, but especially both civilizations created colorants loaded with symbolic and economical values , on one hand the purple of Tyre, a dye that by its difficult elaboration of natural origin came to have a cost equivalent to the gold in its time, the exclusivity of its use turned it into the color of the opulence and the ostentation; For their part in the Mayan culture, they developed an almost indelible pigment that has not yet been deciphered in its chemical structure, a symbol also of power due to its complex chemical composition, but with an specific ritual use. Both dyes or pigments are faithful representatives of the aspiration to perfection, but above all sought to be incorruptible and permanent, concepts that in most cases lead to the creation of greatness but with very high risks.
Both civilizations, exploited the elements of their natural environment that boasted those characteristics that speak of the eternal in commercial terms as symbolic, the cedar of the Phoenician forests today Lebanon area became a main element of the commercial development of the region, converting its wood loggers the object of desire of many rich and an essential symbol of power, a symbol of power that does not affect the passage of time and the transformation of social and political order in the region, forming a fundamental part of the search for the perfection of King Solomon who brought almost a whole forest from the region of Lebanon to one of the salons in his temple which for obvious reasons he called "the forest of Lebanon" and whose architectural ensemble was and is considered by many as an example of perfection aesthetics and mathematics.
The natural equilibrium that breaks human kind in its aspiration to the eternal permanence, by exploting materials and by its creations, secretly speak only of the search of perpetuation power of ones over others, wich eventually corrupts in diverse and mysterious ways the order of the things, constructing restarts where the cedar returns to be a tree and symbol of balance.