Becoming Geologic

2017-18

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Site-responsive performance, in which I stood on top of a tufa (a macro stalagmite formed outdoors from the aggregation of calcium carbonate and other vegetal remains), while trying to receive on top of my head the water dripping that gives shape to this formation.

Rainwater is poorly mineralized, so it has very low CO2 density. When runoff or rainwater penetrates into the soil, it is charged by carbon dioxide produced by bacterial and vegetal life; becoming acidic and therefore capable of dissolving calcareous rock. On emergence, waters degas the CO2 and the calcite precipitates to form rock once again.

Becoming Geologic revolves around ideas of mineral kinship, balance, baptism, agency and geological speed; trying to establish connections between the CO2 from my breathing and that one which added to water dissolves the rock, to mineralize once again on my hair and skin.

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Photography and documentation by Carlota Anton
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