Here is part of my graduation project: Into(x) The Wild. The Anthropogenic Landscape: How the Human Shapes Nature
(please check also my previous video with the case study of Rosignano Solvay "The White Beaches" here: vimeo.com/252519823)
Industrial activities, capitalist economy and the pace of our consumerist society’s development are worsening the actual status of our planet and causing the advancement in the Anthropocene’s era.
Into(x) the Wild is a project based on an empirical research in-situ at the Italian ‘White Beaches,’ also called ‘the Caribbean of Italy’ located in Rosignano Solvay in the province of Livorno, Tuscany. Here, Solvay a Belgian chemical company produces sodium carbonate commonly known as soda, a cleaning product for the interiors.
However, in order to produce it, it also produces less desirable toxic by-products. Indeed, during the chemical process a massive quantity of residual material is released into the nearby sea, causing the paradoxical consequence of turning the surrounding beach sands white.
Indeed, the coast of Rosignano Solvay is mainly constituted of carbonated white sand created by Solvay’s industrial activity and, despite the fact that the majority of the region’s coastline is eroded, here the land is growing.
The experiments with growing salt crystals are attempts of re-creating and re-performing the two phenomena happening on the altered landscape of the ‘White Beaches’: bleaching and growing.
The paradox between the growing land and the eroding soda, the consumed interior and bleached exterior, cleaning the inside and polluting the outside, the macro scale of the landscape and the micro one of the crystals are the guidelines followed, in order to create this installation that would reflect how our obsession with hygiene in the interiors is polluting and altering the exterior and demonstrate how economic and social processes are shaping the contemporary landscape.