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Eye of Silence

 

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The Dark Side of the Sun is a subterranean installation composed of 15,000 litres of crude oil, water and deep-sea petroleum-eating bacteria.


PLANETARIUM INSTALLATION      
 

THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN (2023)

  • 15,000 litre resevoir
  • crude oil
  • bacteria (Alcanivorax Borkumensis)
  • water
  • CO2
  • Rundle rock
  • geomembrane
  • submersible speakers playing infrasound
  • "Experienced in near darkness, black surface winking, The Dark Side of the Sun might be taken to represent a view of and from the flow of hydrocarbons. This is an ancient liquor, on the one hand, predating the human species. It is also, simultaneously, the magma of modernity—and the sun’s terrestrial antagonist. The pool’s slight glimmer, its surface rippling in tune with a bass soundtrack of tectonic field recordings, offers a presentiment of ongoing planetary fire—devouring the earth’s lithic layer, and whole ecologies, as climate change continues apace. This eye is a mouth too. A world-eater."

    Nadim Samman, "Chthonic" in The Desert Turned to Glass.