steel, neon lights, electrical cables, power generator, photographed at different sites, in collaboration with Lukas Raeber, 2017
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.