In this artist-curated look at industrial demolition images, German artist Alina
Schmuch appropriates copious drawings, 8mm film and digital photography from
60 years of the F inch demolition company archives to show how visual media is
used as part of the demolition process. With only seconds between the ignition of
a charge and the collapse of a building, demolition planning takes weeks and in
the profession is studied through the medium of the image. The dramatic
photographs in this publication include movement sequences of collapsing
chimneys, TV towers and buildings following explicitly nonaesthetic criteria.
Before destroying a building, the blaster makes complex technical drawings of
the progression; the detonation itself is then recorded by cameras at different
viewpoints. Afterwards, the drawings are superimposed over the photographs,
producing a record of the calibration of idea and reality. Interview by Anne King
and essays by Philip Ursprung, Heike Schuppelius and Armin Linke.