Liquid Grounds consists of a series of glass objects and a silent video film.
Liquid Grounds takes a micro perspective that addresses the issue of belonging and dwelling based on the ground. A series of glass objects were made from silicone molds of different parts of an old wooden floor of my former house located in an area of Amsterdam, which was undergoing a long process of gentrification.
The glass objects are of various sizes and of mostly round and organic shapes.
If looking through them like a glass paperweight or camera lens, one can see the floor of the house as a relief surface on the underside. The ground becomes visible and is reminiscent of fossil imprints that reveal a kind of inner workings of a specific place, once opaque and solid.
In the video film the same glass objects become reanimated, and as if viewed through a microscope they appear as living microorganisms singly, in groups, or in pairs, drifting in and out in front of a vast black background. The film is structured into chapters each titled with a number reminiscent of some kind of educational science film. An archeology of a specific, familiar place is transferred and transformed into something abstract, which then eventually spreads into different looking unicellular organisms such as blood cells, bacteria, unicellular fungi, or alien planets.
Liquid Grounds is a document in motion - a science (fiction) film, that could refer to our increasingly unstable grounds in the context of migration and economic and social challenges.
All movements of the objects were filmed completely manually with a floating light box on a water tank.
making silicon molds of wooden floor at my home in Amsterdam Noord