Provoked Archaeologies #1
This is an excerpt from the video documented performance made for the opening of the show Archaeology of the Anthropocene (January 2017, Helsinki - FI). The performance consisted of pouring petroleum to complete the installation 'All Well' and painting the words 'Post Truth' with black spray paint for the piece 'White Flags'.
Bricks, steel, and petroleum
125 x 125 x 100cm
As technological innovation, the well allowed the development of human society as we know it today. This work discusses the ambiguities existent in the technologies used to access the resources that became the pillars of modern industrial society. A ‘contaminated’ well, containing oil instead of pure water, creates a tension between structure and function at the same time it questions the traditional notions of 'exploitation' and the authentic use of natural resources.
White satin, aluminum, spray paint
and video projection
A white flag symbolizes peace, being an internationally recognized sign for ceasefire, surrender, or negotiation request. The projected image of a dark flame over the white flag suggests that the requests were denied and peace is threatened, which requires new solutions for conflicts.
The other two flags that compose the work were graffitied with words POST and TRUTH in capital letters with black spray paint. Post-truth is an adjective defined as relating to or denoting circumstances in which 'objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than its appeal to emotion and personal belief'. The term defined as the word of the year in 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries, once fuelled by the rise of social media 'fake news' and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment.