Becoming Geologic

2018 – in progress

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Site-responsive performance, in which I stood on top of a calcareous tufa formation, while trying to receive on top of my head the water dripping that gives shape to this geological configuration. This macro-stalagmite grows by the aggregation of calcium carbonate —a mineral present in our bones— and other organic remains.

When runoff or rainwater penetrates into the soil, it is charged by carbon dioxide produced by bacterial and vegetal respiration; becoming acidic and therefore capable of dissolving calcareous rock. On emergence, waters degas the CO2 and the calcite precipitates to form rock once again. In a similar way, the water dripping from the cavity’s top marked my breathing rhythm through the entire performance, and thus my respiration input into the atmosphere, which added to water dissolves the rock, to mineralize once again on my hair and skin.

Becoming Geologic revolves around ideas of material kinship between the body and the stalagmite, by trying to bring up questions around balance and ontological hegemony, acknowledging geological speed, and recognizing the human being as a geologic entity.

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Photography and documentation by Carlota Anton
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