Opposing Flatness

Emma Kroos


This installation refers to what asphalt could be and goes beyond the view of what asphalt is. By looking at the historicity of and playing with, the materials used in asphalt’s creation. Asphalt is a living material from the earth that started from deep time when rock was created. It moves, melts, breaks, cracks and erodes. This asphalted layer is covering the earth as seen in roads, roofs and parking lots. While earth’s layers move, parts are swallowed and new crusts are being born.In this speculative installation you can see the remains of an urban asphalted landscape of the deep future. Each rock tells its own story and while some rocks become signifiers of history, others stand for their human-made quality. Asphalt continues to move in the installation.

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