SALT exhibition, Oslo, 2018
The exhibition is a part of a long term research of commissioned by Dark Ecology festival.
The research "Nikel Materiality" explores the mining town of Nikel through the prism of the unique material substances that it has created.
2018 we have been invited to exhibit our research within a context of SALT open air Art Cluster of Oslo. As Salt celebrated the beauty of nature, the Dark Ecology pointed to murkier areas of the relationships, to things invisible to us, challenging the very concept of a clean and untouched environment, and asking the question whether or not that particular reality ever actually existed.
For an exhibition set, we got inspired with an image on the cover of “Young technician”, - a Soviet magazine published in the 80s The image was a fantasy about the Soviet northern settlement represented as a series of Fuller’s like domes connected by passages.
This futuristic image of the settlement inspired us to draw a parallel between the story of the city and Uexküll’s quote “we must first blow a soap bubble around each creature to represent its own world, filled with the perceptions which it alone knows.”
We would like to present the story of Nikel on series of boards connected together to form 4 interconnected domes / semi-domes, attached to the primary structure of the exhibition pavilion. Boards are meant to have printed photographs of the library of the materials we collected at Nikel. The content on the boards is divided into 4 parts, relating groups of materials and artifacts from Nikel to 4 topics: Structure, Energy, Boundary and Dust.