steel, neon lights, elec­tri­cal cables, pow­er gen­er­a­tor, pho­tographed at dif­fer­ent sites
in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lukas Raeber

The work »The­ater of Com­bus­tion« stages the act of burn­ing fuel as a the­atri­cal event. The main actor here­by is a light sculp­ture in the geom­e­try of a methane mol­e­cule, which belongs to the group of alka­nes, a main com­po­nent of oil and gas. This sculp­tur­al enlarge­ment of a mol­e­c­u­lar struc­ture is posi­tioned at dif­fer­ent sites of oil pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing on the Absheron Penin­su­la in Azer­bai­jan. Dri­ven by a gaso­line pow­er gen­er­a­tor the sculp­ture illu­mi­nates its petro-chem­i­cal sur­round­ings by burn­ing the resource, which was exploit­ed or refined there. The indus­tri­al land­scapes and facil­i­ties, which are pho­tographed dur­ing dusk and dawn, thus become mys­te­ri­ous places, where fos­sil fuel is turned into a cult object, sculp­tural­ly mate­ri­al­ized and rit­u­al­ly burned.

»The­ater of Com­bus­tion«, Six-Cimerliyi

»The­ater of Com­bus­tion«, Balaxani

»The­ater of Com­bus­tion«, Sumqayit

»The­ater of Com­bus­tion«, Suraxani