The Other Volcano
Can you become a hero of modern mythology?
“The Other Volcano” aims to build a series of semi-domesticated volcanoes, to be housed for a couple of weeks in the living spaces of volunteers. These designed supra-natural objects will be 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.
With The Other Volcano I will try to question the domestication of nature for entertainment purposes.
How would you deal with a live volcano in the middle of your living room? Would you try to destroy it? Would you just disconnect it from the mains? Would you be more popular because you share your life with a volcano? Would you invite people to see it, and switch it on at the end of the meal to create a ‘surprising’ effect? How will you feel when you will
climb on top of it?
The Other Volcano relates very much to my preoccupation with the juxtaposition of the epic with banal details, the extreme with domestic
The Other Volcano by Nelly Ben Hayoun -September 2010
Austin Houldsworth: explosive designer
Nick Ballon: Photography
Dr. Carina Fearnley, Aberthswyth University: volcanologist