Three ships are stationed in the Pacific Ocean. One belongs to a Belgian mining company that is exploring the seabed with the help of a robot. On the other, scientists are measuring the ecological impact of the current operation. In the third, the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace activists protest against this future industry. From their Brussels flat, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere communicate with each of them by satellite.
Following Pleasant Island presented at Les Brigittines in 2021, this new, socially engaged and poignant work studies the phenomenon of deep-sea mining, using different media, including image projections, sound recordings, technology and connectivity. The Huysmans / Dereere duo transforms the scene into a research lab and attempts to capture a pivotal moment in the planet's history. How much deeper can mining companies dig, and where are we actually digging our way to? What are the challenges and risks? What opportunities might be up for grabs?
In the framework of the event Ici commence la mer.
Out of the Blue - Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere
Location: Petite rue des Brigittines, 1000 Bruxelles