Drilling Deep / Knowledge from Underground
Notes on the Kola Superdeep BoreholeUntil 2008, the Kola Superdeep Borehole near the Norwegian/Russian border was the deepest borehole in the world. Deep drilling is like inserting a telescope into the Earth. If you extract drill cores, you can see what is down there. And in that light no borehole is as legendary as the Kola Superdeep. It was drilled from the 1970s in the framework of the former Soviet Union’s programme Investigation of the Continental Crust by Means of Deep Drilling. The deepest of its boreholes, the SG-3, reached a final depth of 12,262 metres in 1989. Now it is a ruin.
Dark Ecology reading list
By Arie Altena Here's an overview of some of the theories, ideas, philosophical directions and books that have guided my thinking for ‘Dark Ecology’. It contains pointers to books and online resources, and is ‘spiced’ up with a few provocative or informative quotes from the mentioned books.
Dark Ecology, First Journey Report
We hope that this encounter, examination, or exploration will take many forms. In this sense Dark Ecology and the first journey are an experiment. It’s about imagination as well, imagining a past, a future, a politics, our connections. It’s also about trying to imagine something larger than us humans.
Field Notes: Making Things Speak
By Arie Altena To provide some invaluable insights into the upcoming Dark Ecology Journey, Arie Altena wrote an essay on the notion of ‘making things speak’. Making Things Speak is about giving a ‘voice’ to the non-human. Things can speak of many connections, with many with different interests converging in a single thing.
Dark Matters: an interview with Susan Schuppli
by Lucas van der Velden & Rosa Menkman Dark Ecology Keynote speaker Susan Schuppli spoke with Lucas van der Velden and Rosa Menkman about what it means to be an artist and theorist working in the field of practice-based research and her concept of the Material Witness.
Nikel and Nikel Materiality
Nikel is a small Russian mining city near the border with Norway. It was founded in the 1930s after enormous quantities of nickel were found nearby. At the time the area was Finnish. An infrastructure for mining the nickel was built in the 1930s with help from Canadian companies. Mining operations began in 1940. In 1944 Nikel became part of the Soviet Union after the Red Army defeated Finland.
Dark Ecology Critical Writing Academy Report
On 9 and 10 October 2015, Dark Ecology and Fridaymilk organised a two-day Critical Writing Academy in Murmansk. Norwegian and Russian writers with a connection to the Barents Region were selected to take part in the Academy led by Rosa Menkman and the experts Furqat Palvazande and Arne Skaug Olsen.
Nikel and Nikel Materiality
Nikel is a small Russian mining city near the border with Norway. It was founded in the 1930s after enormous quantities of nickel were found nearby. At the time the area was Finnish. An infrastructure for mining the nickel was built in the 1930s with help from Canadian companies. Mining operations began in 1940.
Tatjana Gorbachewskaja – Nikel Materiality
Sunday 29 November
16:00 - 18:00
Wood House, Nikel
Monday 30 November
12:00 - 15:30
Culture Palace Voskhod, Central Square, Nikel
Nikel Materiality by Tatjana Gorbachewskaja in collaboration with Katya Larina seeks to explore Nickel through the prism of the unique material ...
Tatjana Gorbachewskaja - Nikel Materiality
The story of Nikel is that of a place that transformed the natural environment, seemingly no longer dependent on its geographical, geological or atmospheric attachments to the Earth. Nikel Materiality by Tatjana Gorbachewskaja, in collaboration with Katya Larina, seeks to explore Nikel through the prism of the unique material substances that this city has created. Commissioned for the 2015 Dark Ecology Journey.
Cecilia Jonsson - Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys
Prospecting: a Geological Survey of Greys is an interdisciplinary, site-specific art project that appropriates the scientific geological methods of extracting, analysing and categorising mineral specimens. In doing so, the project addresses the distinctions between objective scientific methods and subjective influences.
Dark Ecology Journey: First Report
We are back home from a successful second Dark Ecology Journey. From 26 to 30 November we travelled with a group of more than 50 artists, researchers, curators, writers and organisers to Kirkenes in Northern Norway from where we took a bus to Murmansk in Russia, to Zapolyarny and Nikel, and back to Kirkenes. Here is an initial report of the journey, more will follow shortly.
Dark Ecology Curated Walks
Thursday 9 June
13:30 - 17:00
The five guided walks on Thursday – occasionally using other means of transportation to reach more remote areas – explore different aspects of the Pasvik Valley: the pollution, the river, the brown bears, the archaeology, and the insects. Please note that the curated walks can only be attended by Dark Ecology Participants