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PURE AIR, transportation of cylinder (exp. 3) 01, 2023

PURE AIR, cylinder “Reinhard”, 2023
PURE AIR trajectory calculations, 2023 


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2023 – 2024
Nine steel SCBA air tanks filled with Swiss mountain Air
64cm x 16cm x 16cm each

PURE AIR comprises nine SCBA air tanks used by firefighters seeking to breathe non-toxic, clean air in polluted environments. Khalil Berro and his team transported these cylinders to various seemingly untouched locations in the Alps, representative for the general visual concept of nature, facilitating an exchange not only of air but also of culture and atmospheric pressure. Each cylinder has been filled with air from one of nine distinct remote locations, transforming them into time capsules that encapsulate our current atmospheric conditions for future generations. In essence, the project revolves around the creation of both "nature" and human-made environments within artificially constructed realities. Recipients are put in a position of creation and are the soul creators of a constructed reality of nature. The formation of an object encapsulating a moment in time and an intangible substance, accessible solely through imagination.

As part of the research to further analyze how the imaginative dimension of air contributes to the formation of realities and influences our perception of particularly Swiss air – often regarded as pure and pristine, we collaborated with Dr. Michael Sprenger and Dr. Hanna Joos from the group for atmospheric dynamics at ETH Zurich. Together, we conducted trajectory calculations of the captured air probes. This collaborative initiative has evolved into a new project aimed at deepening our understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, the concept of air movement, and global consciousness. It is set to be released at the end of 2024.

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Trajectory calculations of exp.3
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