THE HUMAN MINE, a temporary film installation inside The Mine exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology, acting as a proposal for an update of the current permanent exhibition.
In this transdisciplinary collaboration we work with specific places and situations. We critically examine their sustainability aspects by assessing their climate impact and analyze how different images, stories and visions are at play in directing us at different versions of possible future. Based on the results of these investigations we make artistic interventions and provide tools for making sustainable transitions of practices. We have for example made Life cycle assessments on students film productions and artistic practices at SKH, and from the results we have created Tailor-Made Climate Footprint Tools, like climate calculators and climate budget templates.
When we were invited to present here at Tekniska Museet we first visited and examined this place. What struck Anna Björklund when we arrived here in the mine exhibitions was the absence of urban mining practices. Urban Mining is a kind of recycling, a mining of leftovers from human activities.
We decided to make a film about urban mining and propose that it become a permanent part of the mine-exhibition and that the museum neutralize the climate impact of this film (7 co2)
As a way to expand our perspectives on what mining is and could be we also made the video essay Human Mining, elaborating on circular perspectives in relation to the mine exhibition at Tekniska Museet. The essay wants to invite the museum visitor to reflect on how images shape our view on what futures are possible and the role of nature as a resource.
For this project we have learnt new 3d tools that we hope will be a part of a resource saving previsualization practice, at our film and media department at SKH. If you have walked around the mine exhibitions at Tekniska Museet, you may recognize them in this video, where 3d-scanned elements from these environments, are merged with 3d models of dormant materials, potentially existing inside and under them.
As part of this film essay Zahra Zavareh artist and alumni from SKH, has created an interactive component which ties together the beginning and end of a mine and reminds us that the movement of our human bodies are also being mined today.
The installation The Human Mine is a manifestation of a transdisciplinary project by Lina Persson, artist and researcher at the film & media department, SKH and Anna Björklund, professor at the Department of Sustainable Development, KTH . The project is called TRANSFORMING PRACTICES, part of NAVET at KTH.
Mirko Lempert, Assistant professor, SKH Film och media, Stockholms konstnärliga högskola (advise)
Annica Carlsson, Universitetslektor, Industriell Miljöteknik, Linköpings universitet, (advise)
Björn Wallsten, Filosofie doktor i Miljösystem, Tema Teknik och social förändring, Linköpings universitet, (advise)
NAVET, KTH (funding)
Tekniska Museet (colaboration)