« Camera Obscura and the artefacts of the invisible » highlights the traces and anxieties of progress through black boxed bio reporters that detect mercury existing in water. The case study is the Rhone river, polluted by industrial activities related to aluminium industry (Alusuisse, Lonza Group and other industries).
It aims to translate scientific numbers into black drops of evidence into a crystal clear water within a glass reservoir. It aims to clarify how can a media approach to polluted sites can help for a better understanding of global anthropogenic changes. Many tiny and almost invisible interactions materialise every second in our environment. Genes, bacteria or fungi are able to communicate metabolic and transcriptional behaviour in an habitat and furnish us with information of its immediate surroundings. Data exchanges and conversations woven amongst kingdoms of living beings happening under the naïve regard of our contemporary society.
By merging electronic media and environmental monitoring, this installation uses bio reporters as a tool to gain understanding of the world; a microbe’s perception of the Anthropocene translated into visual evidence.