SUBTRACTION CHRONICLES
Episode 1 – Signs of Degrowth

Chronicle by Jean-Baptiste Farkas

Summary
Can a landmark piece of art be reduced to a “simple descriptive statement”? More generally, couldn’t everything be translated “into much smaller”? A challenge proposed by The Society for Conservation of the Present .(SCP). “Too big… and yet never big enough. That’s the paradox of modern life.” Small is beautiful.

  Between 1985 and 1994, a collective was founded in Montreal called The Society for Conservation of the Present, or .(SCP). The collective envisioned several interesting subtraction projects: A proposition to reduce Marcel Duchamp’s iconic work Étant Donnés, conserved at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to “a simple descriptive statement”. Or a celebration of the…

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