The world economic system is based on production mechanisms which must remain constantly in operation.
It is necessary that people feel the need to buy more and more things in order not to stop the production process.
Proposals concerning the superfluous, useless and kitsch have increased on the market.
These objects have in themselves an emotional, almost erotic force which, by acting on desire, ensures that demand and supply always remain constant.
Their low cost, their attractiveness, and at the same time their scarce value, distracts from a reflection on their sustainability. It makes them virtually invisible yet omnipresent.
This abnormal and continuous increase in the manufacture of objects has changed the quality of the relationship between human beings and things.
Objects have always been for men, as well as necessary, also a way to affirm their identity or the identity of society itself. In choosing what to keep, we represent the flow of our existence or that of others in a set of objects full of meaning. Archiving is an attempt to bring order to history and memory.
Now less and less the things we surround ourselves with have a real function, a role or a precise meaning in our existence.
The sensation is of being pervaded by objects that have no history, they come from nowhere and are short-lived. However, their existence is not without consequences.
The world's largest junk market is located in Yiwu, a Chinese city in Zhejiang province. From this place the vast majority of the goods sold in the world leave. The market is divided into 5 districts covering an area of 4 million square meters for 75,000 stands where 100,000 suppliers exhibit 400,000 types of products.
At certain times of the year, around 1,000 containers depart from this place a day.
A rubber ducky appears tender, harmless, totally harmless. This same object becomes enormously harmful if multiplied by thousands of pieces continuously subjected to assembly, painting, quality control, packaging and transport, generating a clear impact on the environment and on the quality of working conditions. The negative repercussions also fall on our perception of reality, which tends to conform, creating a sort of global aesthetic of the superfluous.