the dark goes much further than how it appears

2023, mixed-media video installation, 3 screens, 3 videos, color, sound, omnidirectional spotlights, objects

In this work, I explore various facets of Mansfeld copper slag, including its material structure, flow characteristics, texture and shape. This slag was a by-product of copper production and was produced from the end of the 19th century until 1990. It was used in road and housing construction as well as for dyke reinforcements and wall cladding throughout Europe. The composition of the slag includes silicon, calcium and aluminum oxides as well as the radioactive elements radium, thorium and potassium. Its composition reflects both geological and synthetic processes. As part of my work, I used photogrammetry to scan and virtually reconstruct various slag stones on the slag heaps in the Mansfeld region. My focus is on the intrinsic life and the long-term perspective of slag: on the one hand as a potential recyclable material for the future, on the other hand as a new form of chemical waste that persists over many centuries and continuously inscribes itself into the earth’s crust.

the dark goes much further than how it appears