The Landscape as an ecosystem.
The work is a mix-media installation, – something in between a basic set for a landscape, and, a little observation laboratory -, to question Landscape notion. A “picture” of how today we would relate to the Landscape notion, mainly living in cities and particularly, artist working in his/her atelier.
Originally what we use to call “Landscape” is a piece of “Nature”, i.e. trees, plants, mountains, rivers, sky, clouds, sun light. But hidden behind all the scenery, we have the soil. We have soil and its nutriments which are vital and crucial for Nature, for life, for the life process. In other words Landscape exists as a result of combination of transformation processes, of creative processes. It involves time, mainly slow motion compare to our human perception.
Now, earthworm creates compost, organic strata of soil. It aerates, mixes, enriches and transforms the soil, transforms the land, transforms the landscape slowly, little by little.
Thus, earthworm’s role was qualified as a “new Geological Power” by geologist William Buckland when Darwin first wrote about it in 1837. Today, almost two centuries later, discussions are going on about the validation of the idea of Anthropocene era where human’s role is considered as “Geological Power”.
What would be the encounter of these two “Geological Powers”? Which role would they play to the creation of a Landscape? What is a Landscape of today? Where is the natural, where is the artificial?
The work is a mix-media installation with as main actors, earthworms (Epige family). During time* they will create compost, new nutritive soil, and liquid manure, from our kitchen organic peelings and left over. They are producing little by little what others – plants, animals – need to grow and flourish. We as Humans should be at the service of Earthworms.
In the installation, a multi layers black box, like so many soil strata, is displayed : this is where earthworms are working actively. Next to the box, highlighted by a day light lamp, a compost based “landscape”, grows during the exhibition time. Some plants, like legumes, can grow on it. Next to it on shelf bottles of sample of “compost tea” add up, week per week. A sound can be heard, sound of earthworms working. On a tripod, a camera takes periodical pictures documenting the progress, slow evolution and growth of a living process.
* With the proper maintenance, the installation can run for months.
Sound of earthworms working:
Material: computer, softwares, passive speakers, amplifiers, day light LED, ultrasonic sensor, HD webcam, plants, soil, vermicomposting box, living compost earthworms (Epige family), legumes and fruits peelings, egg shell molded, paper, shelves, glass bottles, gold acrylic painted and customized molding
Granted by Canton of Basel-Stadt 2014, CH and Canton of Basel-Landschaft 2014, CH