Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys
2016
Site-specific installation including 60 rock-core samples of 2.5-billion-year-old primary rock, drilling residue, black steel

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. The work is set at Prestefjellet, in Sør-Varanger Municipality, just outside Kirkenes. Here a thick foundation of 2.5-billion-year-old primary rock is explored with the help of diamond rock core drilling to the depth of 170 metres.

The work consists of drilling residue, fragments from inside the ancient rock, which are no longer commercially viable. These residues serve to identify the bedrock’s various grey tones and visualise a temporary juxtaposition; a massive cylindrical column of rock core samples shadowed by its negative – the adjacent 5-centimetre-wide hole in the basement rock.

Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys is a commissioned work for The Dark Ecology project, curated by Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi. The work was supported by Dark Ecology, The Arts Council Norway's Culture Fond and Fond for Sound and Image, Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK) and Bergen Municipality. The work was realised in cooperation with The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and Arctic Drilling AS. Warm thanks to Øystein Nordgulen, Rolf Lynum, Roy Karlsen, Roman Xoroshilov, Ragnvald Grønbech, Jørgen Dahlstrøm and Fargekilden AS. The work is accompanied by a new sound piece composed by Peter Meanwell.

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Installation view
Dimensions variable (260x70cm)

The adjacent 5-centimetre-wide hole in the basement rock

 

Installation view
Dimensions variable (260x70cm)

Installation view
Dimensions variable (260x70cm)

Installation view
Dimensions variable (260x70cm)

Diamond rock core drilling

Diamond rock core drilling

Diamond rock core drilling