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A Clay-ver Exhibit
today we reboot the planet, Adrián Villar Rojas, serpentine gallery, elephant
Adrián Villar Rojas, 'Today We Reboot The Planet', Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London © 2013 Jörg Baumann

When technology goes wrong the best thing to do is turn it off and reboot. If only it was that easy when it came to saving the planet. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just turn the planet off for thirty seconds, and then when we turn it back on, everything starts to grow again from scratch? That kind of is what happens with technology isn't it? We unplug an alarm clock and everything switches back to default and we have to re-set it.

If time could be reset on earth, what would it look like? I guess it would be like stepping back in time. You kind of do that in Argentinian born artist, Adrian Villar Rojas's latest project, Today We Reboot The Planet. The site-specific exhibition can be seen at the Serpentine's new Sackler Gallery until the 10th November, and is a collaboration between builders, sculptors, and engineers.

Rojas works with clay - one of the building blocks of nature. His large scale installations depict a 'fossilised world of ruins and ancient monuments'. This is Rojas's first exhibition in the UK, and he took inspiration from the new venue, a former ammunition store from 1805. He uses the brick-vaulted powder rooms that still occupy the space, and incorporate them into his own art. For example, a giant clay elephant trying to knock it down.

The exhibitions runs parallel to a production process in Argentina, where a traditional brickworks farm produces bricks using ancient mixing methods and animal power.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 10th Nov
Phone: 020 7402 6075
Where: Serpentine Gallery
Cost: Free
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