Annette Arlander
THE STEAMING EARTH
MUU gallery 28.9. - 17.10.2012 

THE STEAMING EARTH
The steaming, stinking soil in those places I chose to perform in for the video camera, made me realize how the planet is constantly in action, alive and volatile. In Furnas on the Azores, I encountered clouds of steam in the middle of a village. White steam billowed up from bubbling holes in the ground full of boiling sulphurous water. Small smokes, like emerging forest fires, although of moist steam, appeared here and there in the ground. I decided to explore other volcanic areas, such as Krýsuvik in Iceland and Vulcano, one of the Lipari Islands north of Sicily. There the entire landscape was giving off vapours; ceaseless flows of steam reveal the condensed and compressed activity within the earth, and create an experience of contained chaos.

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