The Future of Stones - speculation on contaminated matter (Bento Rodrigues, Brazil)
The future of stones will be marked by human activities with significant global impact on Earth‘s geology and ecosystems.

In the city of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, on November 5th 2015, a mining dam broke causing the world‘s second worst environmental catastrophe of its kind. This event has affected the region and beyond in unpredictable and irreversible ways, leading to dramatic changes. This project engages in a speculative geology around the material outcomes of this happening. Samples of contaminated earth were collected from four different locations affected by the waste product released during the accident. They have empirically been experimented with on the development of a stone from the future - an aggregation of present earthly matters elapsed into a prognosis. Here stones are seen as media, which concentrate multidimensional information, specially on what concerns time. The collapse in Bento Rodrigues represents a tendency that draws our times together. In this pseudo-alchemist speculative design, a post-human geology is illustrated, gathering worldly experience and projecting how Earth may unfold from here and now.

In Cooperation with the Institute of Applied Geosciences and the Geochemical Laboratory, TU Berlin 


Exhibition view
, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE, 2017

Exhibition view, Eco-connectivity exhibits, Humbold​t-Universität Berlin's
​Thaer-Institut, DE, 2018

Video, 8 min., Bento Rodrigues, BR.

Stones gallery

Volcanic Stones, found ca. 50 billion years from now

10 x 4 x 4,5 cm, serie 1, #09

detail, 10 x 4 x 4,5 cm, serie 1, #09

7 x 5,5 x 6,5 cm, serie 4, #02

7 x 5,5 x 6,5 cm | serie 2, #07

10 x 4 x 4,5 cm | serie 1, #12

8,5 x 8 x 5 cm, serie 2, #01

Metamorphic Stones, found ca. 50 billion years from now

5 x 5 x 4 cm | serie 1, #04

7 x 6 x 4 cm | serie 3, #27

7,5 x 4 x 3 cm | serie 1, #17

10 x 4 x 4,5 cm | serie 1, #09

detail, 10 x 4 x 4,5 cm | serie 1, #09

7 x 5 x 4,5 cm | serie 1, #19

​ Sedimentary Stone, found ca. 50 billion years from now

6 x 7 x 4,5 cm | serie 5, #16

detail, 6 x 7 x 4,5 cm | serie 5, #16

13 x 14 x 8 cm | serie 3, #19

15 x 7 x 8 cm | serie 4, #07

10 x 9 x 8 cm | serie 4, #10

15 x 12 x 8 cm | serie 4, #08

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