Algae and Soil


Christine Bänninger

One brings algae from the sea, the other soil from the pit. Both have a job to do in half an hour. With serene concentration, Christine Bänninger weaves a huge blanket of algae, which ultimately becomes the sea swirling around the large pile of clay from which Brigitt Lademann takes chunks to mix her fango, which she uses to boil moons and planets. Algae are the primordial origins of plants, and clay was already used by the gods. Mud and algae, one dead, the other animate matter, and yet much the same. They are very primordial substances from which the two conjure living images.