Archive of 134 seas
2010 – Ongoing
Archive of natural water extracts, postal packages, recycled light bulbs, text, light, micro controller, sound

The water samples derives from a natural water source chosen by a collector amongst contacted people and organizations around the world. Sampled in a cleaned and solid container, the extracts were then shipped to the artist via ordinary mail. The installation (2010) consists of 73 light bulbs equally positioned in a horizontal timeline stretched across three walls. Each light bulb displays one unique sample from the archive of water and is supplied with a hidden light source responsive to the low frequencies in the sound composition played in the room. In a separate chamber, postal packages, letters, photos and empty containers are displayed, which together with a register of participating collectors reveal the origin of the water.

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Water: The Indian Ocean
Collected by Santjie du Toit and Amanda Kritzinger, Team SANAE 47
Umdloti beach, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Collected by Malin Stenberg de Serves, Swedish Polar Research Secretary
Antarctic, Ptogbreen
Water: Tevere river
Collected by Ingrid Skarprud
Italy, Rome

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Water: The Potomac river, Great Falls
Collected by Katie Lannon and Andy Schrader
Washington DC, United States

Ice: Vatungen, Bay of Bothnia
Collected by Gunlög and Peter Wiss
Jakobstad, Finland

Water: The Battersea park lake
Collected by Julia Kubik
London, United Kingdom