Rocco Ruglio-Misurell at D Z I A L D O V / Berlin

Rocco Ruglio-Misurell / In Material Worlds

28 April-5 June 

13-18h Open Sundays, 13-18h, and by appointment


Text by Louisa Elderton


All the dead malls across America.
Burned to the ground. The internet’s pixels luminescent. The metal
skeletons of buildings buckling and breaking. This is the weight of change. Panes of safety glass shattering.
Concrete crumbling, neon flickering, bare bones, dogs licking.


It’s a question of what is left. Of
the remains after something has happened; after someone has gone missing; after
they have somehow
moved on. Even a hole can hold you. Even air is matter. Even words sound whole if
uttered by a tongue that soothes half-formed letters.


If you push your flesh
up against mesh you bear a trace.
You could be filled up yet. With

and blood and debris. Sweeping
the studio floor
begets little piles
of dust, studded
with stars of granite.
If you sow these as seeds, something
else will grow. Shaping a new universe.


Not everything can be stitched
back together. A sweep of solvent corrodes
as a gesture. The breaking
point of decadence has come undone. And the grid as we know it is still waiting
to expire. All that order, willing rebellion on. Still shotting, still smoking.
And we cling on.




A gravestone should leave an impression. With traces of
letters as leftovers, once the years have worn away sentences. Time is a
curious thing. As is memory. We tried to use words sparingly. Who knows if one day someone will cast the remnants of what we said about


We all know bodies are vessels. The quality of grace
infused with light. The Lord’s transmission.
You have to let it flow through,
she said. If it gets stuck, allow it to expand into every fold and wrinkle. Let it know
you in full. We’ll extract it afterwards as fossilised truth.


Everyone is a fading
rainbow. Skin and hair and nails unstoppably dimmer. Yet everything is glossy on the screen. Even oily water, murky and distilled. And the sprinkling of spit that you
laid over me shines with every colour in the spectrum once I am connected to
the mains.


The vestiges of youth. Of birthday cakes piped with purple cream that you leaned in to lick off.
Of silicone that could still save you, if you let them inject it. Of the lines that marble the

edges of you wanton mouth.
Of the tiger that breathes
beneath, which you say keeps
you safe.









Louisa Elderton is a writer and editor based in Berlin.