A proposal to set CH4*5.75H2O on fire (work in process), 2013
Pigmentary print on paper framed
36 x 44 cm, each
Edition of 3 (+ 2A.P.)
A proposal to set CH4*5.75H20 on fire (work in progress) is the title of nine photographies documenting the burning of gas hydrate obtained in the expedition on Lake Baikal of project MHPII-13 by scientists LIN SB RAS (Irkutsk, Russia) and KIT (Kitami, Japan) on 26 November 2013.
The artist is interested in this potential source of fossile fuel that could eventually replace oil and in the political and ecological questionings that it raises in matter of redefinition of powers. This ice-core compound, unstable when its temperature pass a certain threshold is inflammable when it melts in the presence of oxygen. This is this fragility that the artist wanted to reproduce for his exhibition by recreating a scientific dialogue with geologists.
Various attempts, sometimes unsuccessful, created the different strati of the project. In a system of correspondances, the attempts realized by a scientist in Moscow echoes an artistic form in the exhibition: the quantity of liquid that had been produced during the combustion of methane was poured every morning on the floor and the conversations between the artist and the scientist are diffused in the space through loudspeakers.