GAIA, PROJECT (2021)

Production: Lamaland
Development support: Camargo Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Mill, Film Study Center – Harvard University
Additional support: McFly Sound Production and Films, Screen, Primeira Idade, Sirius Arts Centre
Support: Gnration, INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Dgartes 

   

    We would all like to end up reconciled with the world, to know what world we live in and consequently what life is. Meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these amounts of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myth and legend to explain them. Would a new paradigm enable us to become more resistant to the test that the recent Coronavirus ordeal presents to the global economy and societies? Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon that we are most urgently rethinking and carefully redescribing; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge.

    We must occupy the voids with affection.



    Gaia is a multidisciplinary project with an approach between science, technology and the arts, in dialogue with contemporary thinkers and that promotes an ecological production. It comprises two works, a record-cum-publication and an installation. It was developed with the artistic direction of Salomé Lamas under the frame of Scale Travels, a collaborative program between Gnration and INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.


   
    Gaia (2021) by Salomé Lamas, produced by Lamaland and with the support of Gnration, INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Dgartes; the development support of Camargo Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Mill – Makers in Little Lisbon, Film Study Center – Harvard University and the additional support of McFly Sound Production and Films, Screen, Primeira Idade, Sirius Art Centre






2021 – What if the Meteorites would Talk

Installation, Metal plate print dim. with QR code etched on meteorite from Campo del Cielo, Argentina, SEM microscope characterization, sound and text online content, fog effect, mineral coal, Portugal
Commission: Gnration
Production: Lamaland
Development support: Camargo Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Mill – Makers in Little Lisbon, Film Study Center – Harvard University
Additional support: McFly Sound Production and Films and Screen
Support: Gnration, INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Dgartes

    eBay provides an accessible platform for meteorite retailers and numerous auctions. A certificate of authenticity is often provided by the dealer. Illegitimatize dealers are numerous. The purchased specimen claimed to be from Campo del Cielo that refers to a group of iron meteorites and to the area in Argentina where they were found dating from 4200 to 4700 years ago, Holocene. The specimen was submitted to the MNHN – Muséum National
d’Histoire Naturelle in France for identification.
The specimen was submitted to the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratoryand the etching of a QR-code was asked to the Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy. The Department of Quantum and Energy Materials characterized the meteorite and multiple scanning electron
microscope (SEM) images were captured.

    The meteorite voyage was recorded with the collaboration of a sound designer and several musicians. Excerpts of philosophical insight combining political and cultural history with the mechanisms of poetic paranoia from contemporary thinkers were selected from the three concurrent contemporary directions in an attempt to map the cacophonic cosmology of visions and pressures that coexist at the moment.

    What if the Meteorites would Talk: Installed in the space when scanned the SEM nano QR-code provides access to online sound.

2021 – Gaia

Record-cum-publication: 310 X 310 MM Imtlin coated cardboard box.
Publication: 309 X 190 MM, 80 pp, printed in 2 colors on Munken Lynx Rough 100grs and 300grs paper. Typographies used are Shifra Serif by Johanna Gschwandtl, Junicode by Peter S. Baker and Neue Haas Unica by Monotype.
Record: 310 x 309 MM, 140g, 10 tracks. Record sleeve printed reverse-side in 2 colors
Production: Lamaland
Printing: Gráfica Maiadouro
Pressing plant: Record Industry
Support: Dgartes
Distribution: Mousse Publishing, DAP | Distributed Art Publishers , Vice Versa Distribution, Les presses du réel,  Antenne Books


    This record-cum-publication features correspondence with scientists Jérôme Borme, Alex Bondarchuk; images captured with a scanning electron microscope (SEM); sounds by André Gonçalves, Emmett Kelly, Luís Fernandes, Rodolfo Carvalho, Filipe Felizardo, Joana Sá, Gonçalo Almeida, João Lobo, Nuno da Luz, Pedro Sousa, Yu Lin Hum, Tanja Simic designed by Miguel Martins, text by Salomé Lamas, João Laia and a web curated out of multiple authors.


2021 – Gaia: What if the Meteorites would Talk

HD video, 2:39, black and white, sound, 1 min., Portugal – Irland
Commision: Sirius Art Centre
Production: Lamaland
Support: Sirius Art Centre, INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory


    Only an atopian philosophy-a bizarre, extravagant, heretic philosophy-can rechannel our fear of the outside. A radical existentialism favors everything that challenges the compact immanence in which we are trapped, losing capacity to imagine political alternatives. We must occupy the voids with affection.