Insistence, sensuality, repetition, and landscapes with unreleased potential.
The Humping Pact takes on the official gallery of the Danish Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen – Kunsthal Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2012.
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- Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany - The Humping Pact short film 11 mins
Zeche Zollverein coal mine industrial complex in Essen (Ruhr area) is one of the most important sites in Germany. Established in the 19th century it was an impressive industrial landmark, producing a large chunk of Germany's coal output during the 20th century. Shaft XII, built in Bauhaus style, is still considered to be one of the most beautiful coal mine structures in the world.
When the heavy industries started to close down towards the end of the 20th century, Zollverein also had to be shut down. There have been talks about selling the whole complex to China or disassembling it, but in the end it was decided to turn it into a monument, and in 2001 it was added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
We found Zollverein to be one of the most inspiring places to do The Humping Pact project. Not only it is a site that has been responsible for pumping, extracting, transforming the earth's solid matter into energy. It also used to have a lot of potential, which we are now only reminded of through the beautifully designed industrial structures turned into monuments. The whole controversy about the future development of this area and desolate natural landscape around adds extra meaning to the impression that this complex exudes. It is an amazing piece of architecture that first and foremost commemorates the human passion for transforming the world around and – at the same time – the impossibility of doing so, the exhaustion that comes with it, the aesthetic ideals that surround it.
This short film is a tribute to this place. It is part of The Humping Pact project and was presented at Oberhausen Film Festival and Vienna Shorts in 2012. It is available on DVD through humpingpact.com/film/zeche-zollverein-coal-mine/
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The Humping Pact project is by Diego Agullo and Dmitry Paranyushkin