Underworld

2018 – 2019

Found soil core drilling in three cases, looping audio 8:29 min

With thanks to Gijs Pyckevet
Voice by María Puig de la Bellacasa, text excerpts from essay ‘Encountering Bioinfrastructures: Ecological Struggles and the Sciences of Soil’ by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Commissioned by Krien Clevis

When the Colli Albani volcano erupted thousands of years BC, the lava flowed into a straight line to Rome. The Romans later used the cooled down lava as the foundation of the famous trade route the Via Appia. The project ‘Underworld’, takes the fertile soil of this area into examination. It considers soil to be more than a composition of mineral and chemical processes; as a living entity and a world as such.

Eline Kersten