We conducted a series of interviews with artists, architects, anthropologists, and preservationists whose works confront notions of salvage and the material afterlife of damage/ destruction/ decay. The goal of these interviews is to understand the various ways in which "value" is constructed and the spectrum of engagements (or lack thereof) with material remnants. Audio recordings of the interviews will play at the Rubble Archive exhibit at Van Der Plas Gallery between April 6 - 20, 2018. For privacy reasons, recordings will not be available online. 

Institute for Digital Archaeology / Roger Michel Jr. 

"The IDA was founded in 2012 by Roger Michel of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to promote the fusion of new digital imaging technologies and traditional archaeological techniques.  A joint venture between Harvard University, the University of Oxford and the government of the United Arab Emirates, the IDA is intended to provide a vehicle for creating and maintaining open-access archives of epigraphical images to assure both the wide dissemination and permanent availability of such materials."

Salvage Art Institute / Elka Krajewska

"Salvage Art Institute confronts and articulates the condition of no-longer-art-material claimed as "total loss", resulting from art damaged beyond repair, removed from art market circulation due to its total loss of value in the marketplace yet stored in art-insurance claim inventory."


Jorge Otero-Pailos

"Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at GSAPP at Columbia University. His work has been commissioned by and exhibited at major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Galerie Museum, Artangel Trust, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Otero-Pailos is the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior, author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, and has received awards from major art, architecture and preservation organizations including the Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Fitch Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture, and in 2012 the UNESCO Eminent Professional Award. Otero-Pailos studied architecture at Cornell University, holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico."


Gastón Gordillo


"Gastón R. Gordillo is Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction and Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco, published by Duke University Press."


Amanda Williams


"Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect at Cornell University. Amanda’s practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture. Her projects use color as a lens to highlight the complexities of the politics of race, place and value in cities. She is best known for her series, "Color(ed) Theory," in which she painted the exterior of soon-to-be-demolished houses on the south side using a culturally charged color palette to mark the pervasiveness of vacancy and blight in black urban communities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshaped most inner cities."