The Other Volcano

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“The Other Volcano” is a series of semi-domesticated volcanoes, housed for a couple of weeks in the living spaces of volunteers. These designed supra-natural objects are large, reaching almost to the ceiling, imposing, and extremely inconvenient, erupting dust and gloop into the living rooms of volunteers seemingly at random.

“In order to make myself recognized by the Other, I must risk my own life” said Sartre. The Other Volcano imagines a love-hate relationship, a ‘sleeping giant’ in the corner of your domestic environment, with the power to provoke excitement with its rumblings, and also perhaps fear (if not for one’s life in this case, then at least for the soft furnishings of one’s clean and neat ‘living’ room). It is a project that domesticates the most violent of natural processes, addressing and reinterpreting different natures.

NOTE: The Other Volcano is erupting with pyroclastic flows like the Mount St Helens and is white as the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. At an altitude of 2886 meters (9524 feet), Ol Doinyo Lengai towers above the East African Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania, just south of Lake Natron. It is the only volcano in the world that sometimes erupts natrocarbonatite lava, a highly fluid lava that contains almost no silicon. Contact with moisture rapidly turns natrocarbonatite lava white because of chemical reactions that occur when the lava absorbs water. Mount St Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.

The Other Volcano by Nelly Ben Hayoun - September 2010

Austin Houldsworth: Explosive designer

Nick Ballon: Photography

with advices from Dr. Carina Fearnley, Aberthswyth University: Volcanologist