Orbiting Bauxite

Orbiting Bauxite, installation, 2019.

Orbiting Bauxite was made in part during a residency at Centre Bang in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec, Canada) where the aluminum industry is one of the region’s most important economic engines. The installation shows a rock that contains the main mineral that constitutes the phone on which it’s presented. Principal ore of aluminum, bauxite imported from around the world is transformed and exported as finished products while millions of tons of residue stay in the region. The audiovisual object changes according to the phone’s rotation speed. Clearly perceptible when spinning moderately, it becomes distorted at high speeds and recalls the red mud of residual matter when it’s still.