Paula A. Vidal

Unfitable Parasitte


A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host and feeds at the expense of the latter. In humans there are parasites that cause diseases, but in the buildings, living
and sensitive bodies, parasites also inhabit, especially in those buildings that are not in use or in areas relegated to transit that seem to belong to no one. Blind areas, not

The installation Unfittable Parasite works on architecture, understanding it as a body. By introducing a parasitic structure inside it, in the form of an inflatable, we invade this body. Unfittable Parasite advances between the gaps; it takes advantage of the unused interstices, turning the architectural body of the building into a host that gradually loses its identity until it is dominated, or even dies possessed by the parasite. The presence of Unfittable Parasite makes visible the agony of the host and reveals the disease that threatens the unused, the unseen, the forgotten. The death of abandoned bodies.

The installation Unfittable Parasite, of tentacular anatomy, is 100 m long. It has four inflatable structures, like arms, each 25m long, which are coupled to the vertebrae of
their host as if they formed part of the structure. It does not block the inhabitation of the architectural body, nor the transit of visitors to the installation because the inflatable parasite only nests and grows in decadent spaces.