Exposition

Black Lungs (2019)

Sepideh Karami

About this exposition

The ultimate act of taking risk in life lays in the proximity to death. When a risk being taken is prone to fail, failure can potentially become the failure to live. These risky moments involve decisions, dreams, imaginings that motivate one to take action. The motivation is strong enough to push one to a fragile border between death and life. In this exposition, I situate the discussion of risk in coal mines, investigating the work of coal miners as a craft through which they develop subversive modes of labour. The story in this exposition starts millions of years ago and gives a fictional geological history of Earth, where the formation of coal plays an important role in the planet’s evolution; coal becomes the political summary of Earth, where various moments of risk lead us down into a coal mine. Through a vertical structure poised on the edge of death and life, and by means of writing and drawing, risk is experimented with using concepts such as imprecision, the materiality of darkness, and the fragility of working with such materiality.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsrisk, coal-mine, darkness, Earth, imprecision, descending, fictional geology
date30/01/2019
published06/02/2019
last modified06/02/2019
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationKTH School of Architecture
licenseCC BY-NC-ND
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/499552/499553
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/vis.499552
published inVIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
portal issue1. VIS Issue 1


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