curatorial project, research project + exhibition
An experimental 3 month long artistic research residency and exhibition project examining the connection between Earth and computation with the work of Berlin-based artist Martin Howse, curated by Peter Flemming in collaboration with OBORO and Perte de Signal in Montréal with support from the Goethe Institut .
from the exhibition text:
Dissolutions examines the connection between Earth and computation. This artistic research residency and experimental exhibition project intervenes within cycles of earth-extraction-earth-return in which the minerals which form the material basis of digital technology are pulled from the ground using large-scale industrial processes, eventually to be re-absorbed in the form of e-waste and pollution.
Dissolutions aims to construct a series of playfully experimental situations (open labs, workshops, talks, collective field trips) exploring the material-basis of contemporary and future cultures, focusing on the transition from large- scale industrial technologies, particularly those of extraction and mining, to the seemingly invisible realm of the digital.
Dissolutions began with a research field-trip to Rouyn-Noranda and surroundings in the Abitibi-Témiscangue region of Northern Québec, carried out in collaboration with L'Écart. During field visits to abandoned sites of extraction and mining, our research group gathered raw materials (rocks from tailing piles, contaminated soil, acid water samples), conducted field experiments in (al)chemical processes, to be used later in the exhibition.