The New Alps

Past Projects / Robbie

The New Alps is inspired by the monumental interventions humans have made on the planet though the creation of manufactured landscapes and our relationship to geological time.

Rusting embers of industry litter the slopes of the New Alps, an open-air burial on eroded ground above the tailings of mineral extraction. Bauxite may have been refined here at one time; the vast red lagoon is hemmed by a concrete levee that forms an unwavering alkaline shore before the regiments of cliffs. The earth reverberates from the rhythmic charge of automated machinery, burrowing conquerors reigning in a sublime manufactured landscape, emulating purpose in repetition.

This is a remote place. We are removed from it.

“In Thomson’s obsessive machinations, we find sound making machines… emulating purpose in repetition.” Total Theatre

Creative Team: Robbie Thomson

First shown in 2015 at Fort du Bruissin Centre d’art contemporain, Francheville, Lyon, followed by showings at Sonica 2015, Glasgow and Sonica 2016, London.

In association with Cove Park.

Image: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

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