World of matter

World of Matter is a multimedia project Providing an open access archive on the global ecologies of resource exploitation and circulation

Ecological Capital

The propositional character of resources can serve as focal point of engagement for a number of critical practices intervening in the geopolitical circuits of value production via the development of a democratic politics – a proposition that enables larger spatial fields of efficacy to emerge aro

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Resource Cities

What happens to entire landscapes full of resource deposits is directly dependent on the rhythms of urban demands and politics.

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White Gold – Dying Sea

Chemical use and excessive irrigation of cotton fields in Central Asia turned the fertile paradise of the Aral Sea into a chemically polluted salt desert. The decline continues in the south, where Uzbekistan forces its population to work the cotton fields.  Read more...

White Gold – Texas Blues

Lubbock in Western Texas is known as the cotton capital of the world. No other place hosts such a density of cotton fields and is more efficient. To stay competitive on the world market, US farmers in recent years reduced high labor costs with the help of genetically modified cotton, heavy machinery and chemical control of the plants.  Read more...

Egyptian Chemistry: Land Reforms

Inscribed in the Egyptian agro-ecologies are countless histories – those of modernization, continuous land reforms, artificial fertilization, insect migration, peasant activism. These historiographies have a decentralizing impact.

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Egyptian Chemistry: Agro-Sciences

Egyptian Chemistry is a multi-part video project on the water chemistry and agro-ecologies of the Nile. The first cluster discusses the water engineering of the Nile for various large-scale land reclamation projects.

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Non-human Rights

In the new Constitution of Ecuador (2008), Nature, as similar to human beings, is defined as a subject of law.

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Chernobyl – Sounds of Contamination

Research into the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. More than 25 years later the exclusion zone is still in place. What has happened to the environment, nature, the region and the people directly affected since?

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Monument of Sugar

Monument of Sugar is a research into Europe’s subsidized sugar exports. To turn the flow of sugar around, the artists produced a sugar sculpture in Nigeria and shipped it to Europe.

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Episode of the Sea

Episode of the Sea is the result of a 2 year collaboration with the fishing community of the former island of Urk in the Netherlands.

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White Gold - Organic Dreams

In Burkina Faso cotton is the main export commodity in terms of value, generating income for approximately two million people in the country.

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Sahara Chronicle – West

Trans-Saharan migrancy is organized into a network of ghettos, nodes and routes for land and sea movement. Due to the Moroccan desert wall in Western Sahara, migrants have to attempt fatal desert crossings, often ending up in deportation camps.

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Demiurgic Worlds

There is a growing tendency that resources are not conceived of as the object of planning but as planning itself.

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Conflict Matter

The power of capitalist abstraction operates under cover: it spreads via fragmentations, zonings, borderlines, crossings and penetrations.

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Black Sea Files

Territorial research on the Caspian oil geography during the construction phase of the BTC oil pipeline.

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White Gold – Killing Seeds

More than 270,000 farmers committed suicide in India since 1995. The center of dying lies in Vidarbha located at the once wealthy cotton belt of central India.  Read more...

Mineral Exploitation

A visual study on practices of work in mining, from XVI Century through the work De Re Metallica, de Georgius Agricola, to our days in Brazilian mines of Minas Gerais through images produced by the Brazilian Ministry of Work and Employment.

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Sahara Chronicle – Agadez

Agadez and Arlit in Niger are southern gates to the Sahara. The exclusion of the nomadic tribe from the mineral wealth on their territory triggered the Tuareg Rebellion in the 1990s.

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Sahara Chronicle – Atlantic

On the Atlantic coast, new migration systems are emerging as the Strait of Gibraltar is sealed off and border regimes change. Excessive fishing in the Mauritanian EEZ is affecting migration patterns.

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Mineral Invisibility

The art project engages the ever-changing reality of the fast-growing mining industry in Minas Gerais, Brazil. With new documents and in circulating existing ones, Material Invisibility examines the rapid but publicly silent consumption of landscapes and vital resources.

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Earth Poison

Earth poison is a research project that explores the place of law and diffused causality in the entanglement of environmental and political violence. In the first investigation presented for World of Matter the project follows large-scale groundwater arsenic poisoning in the Bengal Delta.

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LandRush - Frontier Land

The soya highway connects the enormous farms in west Brazil to the Amazon harbor of Santarem. The road is the artery through which life flows into the region. In just forty years the road opened up the wilderness to commercial development which renders the land from forest to industrial.

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Egyptian Chemistry: Ecologies

Egyptian Chemistry III engages in the water ecologies of the Nile through interviews, water sampling and hydraulic modelling. It gives brief history of World Water Organisation and Muslim water laws.

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LandRush - The Farm

Gambela, a forlorn plot of land tucked away between the Ethiopian highlands and the vast expanse of South Sudan. Gambela—hot, humid, flat. Unchanged for centuries: Tribes leading their herds. Anuak, Nuer, Murle fighting for cattle, women, pastures. First with spears, now with kalashnikovs.

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Black Gold

Since oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1956, over 400 billion dollars worth has been pumped out of these fertile grounds.

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White Oil

Geology of Disaster

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Mineral Exploitation

A visual study on practices of work in mining, from XVI Century through the work De Re Metallica, de Georgius Agricola, to our days in Brazilian mines of Minas Gerais through images produced by the Brazilian Ministry of Work and Employment.

Sahara Chronicle – Atlantic

On the Atlantic coast, new migration systems are emerging as the Strait of Gibraltar is sealed off and border regimes change. Excessive fishing in the Mauritanian EEZ is affecting migration patterns.

Non-human Rights

In the new Constitution of Ecuador (2008), Nature, as similar to human beings, is defined as a subject of law.

Sahara Chronicle – Agadez

Agadez and Arlit in Niger are southern gates to the Sahara. The exclusion of the nomadic tribe from the mineral wealth on their territory triggered the Tuareg Rebellion in the 1990s.

Resource Cities

What happens to entire landscapes full of resource deposits is directly dependent on the rhythms of urban demands and politics.

Black Sea Files

Territorial research on the Caspian oil geography during the construction phase of the BTC oil pipeline.

White Gold – Killing Seeds

More than 270,000 farmers committed suicide in India since 1995. The center of dying lies in Vidarbha located at the once wealthy cotton belt of central India. 

Egyptian Chemistry: Agro-Sciences

Egyptian Chemistry is a multi-part video project on the water chemistry and agro-ecologies of the Nile. The first cluster discusses the water engineering of the Nile for various large-scale land reclamation projects.

Conflict Matter

The power of capitalist abstraction operates under cover: it spreads via fragmentations, zonings, borderlines, crossings and penetrations.

Black Gold

Since oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1956, over 400 billion dollars worth has been pumped out of these fertile grounds.

Egyptian Chemistry: Ecologies

Egyptian Chemistry III engages in the water ecologies of the Nile through interviews, water sampling and hydraulic modelling. It gives brief history of World Water Organisation and Muslim water laws.

Egyptian Chemistry: Land Reforms

Inscribed in the Egyptian agro-ecologies are countless histories – those of modernization, continuous land reforms, artificial fertilization, insect migration, peasant activism. These historiographies have a decentralizing impact.

White Gold - Organic Dreams

In Burkina Faso cotton is the main export commodity in terms of value, generating income for approximately two million people in the country.

Earth Poison

Earth poison is a research project that explores the place of law and diffused causality in the entanglement of environmental and political violence. In the first investigation presented for World of Matter the project follows large-scale groundwater arsenic poisoning in the Bengal Delta.

White Gold – Texas Blues

Lubbock in Western Texas is known as the cotton capital of the world. No other place hosts such a density of cotton fields and is more efficient. To stay competitive on the world market, US farmers in recent years reduced high labor costs with the help of genetically modified cotton, heavy machinery and chemical control of the plants. 

Episode of the Sea

Episode of the Sea is the result of a 2 year collaboration with the fishing community of the former island of Urk in the Netherlands.

LandRush - The Farm

Gambela, a forlorn plot of land tucked away between the Ethiopian highlands and the vast expanse of South Sudan. Gambela—hot, humid, flat. Unchanged for centuries: Tribes leading their herds. Anuak, Nuer, Murle fighting for cattle, women, pastures. First with spears, now with kalashnikovs.

LandRush - Frontier Land

The soya highway connects the enormous farms in west Brazil to the Amazon harbor of Santarem. The road is the artery through which life flows into the region. In just forty years the road opened up the wilderness to commercial development which renders the land from forest to industrial.

White Oil

Geology of Disaster

Mineral Invisibility

The art project engages the ever-changing reality of the fast-growing mining industry in Minas Gerais, Brazil. With new documents and in circulating existing ones, Material Invisibility examines the rapid but publicly silent consumption of landscapes and vital resources.

Monument of Sugar

Monument of Sugar is a research into Europe’s subsidized sugar exports. To turn the flow of sugar around, the artists produced a sugar sculpture in Nigeria and shipped it to Europe.

Chernobyl – Sounds of Contamination

Research into the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. More than 25 years later the exclusion zone is still in place. What has happened to the environment, nature, the region and the people directly affected since?

White Gold – Dying Sea

Chemical use and excessive irrigation of cotton fields in Central Asia turned the fertile paradise of the Aral Sea into a chemically polluted salt desert. The decline continues in the south, where Uzbekistan forces its population to work the cotton fields. 

Demiurgic Worlds

There is a growing tendency that resources are not conceived of as the object of planning but as planning itself.

Sahara Chronicle – West

Trans-Saharan migrancy is organized into a network of ghettos, nodes and routes for land and sea movement. Due to the Moroccan desert wall in Western Sahara, migrants have to attempt fatal desert crossings, often ending up in deportation camps.

Ecological Capital

The propositional character of resources can serve as focal point of engagement for a number of critical practices intervening in the geopolitical circuits of value production via the development of a democratic politics – a proposition that enables larger spatial fields of efficacy to emerge aro