The Lithium exhibition features contributions by researchers, designers, musicians and artists. Here Godofredo Enes Pereira discusses The Ends of the World, the multi-screen installation about lithium extraction and its consequences, made together with Lithium Triangle Studio (Royal College of Art).
The Ends of the World addresses the socio-environmental destruction resulting from the extraction of brine for the production of lithium. Focusing on the microbial and symbiotic ecologies of the Atacama Desert in Chile, the installation looks at salares (salt flats) as environments that both live and give life. More than an analysis of lithium, the project aims at re-framing the ways in which resource extraction is understood and debated.
Soundtrack and animation
Musician Nicolás Jaar contributes a speculative soundscape recreating the elusive ‘voices’ of bacteria that can be heard at moments of drastic temperature shifts in Salar de Llamara. At the centre of the intervention is an animation in which Mingxin Li explores the unique stromatolites – sedimentary rocks produced over 3.5 billion years by the accumulation of layer upon layer of cyanobacteria – as monumental environmental architectures.
In order to say which worlds are ending, we should first ask which worlds exist.
- Concept: Godofredo Enes Pereira / Lithium Triangle Studio
- Soundscape: Nicolás Jaar
- Animation: Mingxin Li with Anabel Garcia-Kurland
- Texts: Godofredo Enes Pereiraa
- Interviews: Lithium Triangle Studio / Mingxin Li, Antonio Del Giudici, Yvette Waweru, Melis Goksan
- Film editing: Andrew Copolov
Lithium Dreams: Extraction in the Salar de Atacama (TNL! Lithium)
On Thursday 19 November 2020, Godofredo Enes Pereira will give a lecture about the consequences of lithium mining in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Entitled Lithium Dreams: Extraction in the Salar de Atacama, this is the first in a series of public activities related to Lithium and Thursday Night Live!. After a screening of the visual essay Lithium Dreams, Pereira further explains the themes of the installation in a conversation.
The discursive programme TNL! Lithium offers an in-depth addition to the exhibition that is now showing at Het Nieuwe Instituut. (Online) visitors can be recharged by the sustainable energy source of lectures and debates. In each event, they can learn more about the role that lithium plays in the different forms and aspects of burn-out that are covered by the exhibition; from raw material extraction to mental health and the so-called green energy landscape.