Considering the immense operations undertaken to mine bauxite
from the earth’s crust in order to extract alumina, which is then
melted down into aluminium, it would be strange to leave a part of this aluminium unused and stored in warehouses around the world. However, the financial market for metals is a curious place; a number of these aluminium storage warehouses lock up tons of aluminium to facilitate financial speculation. Worldwide, these warehouses form a ‘virtual aluminium space’ that barely releases any aluminium but has a seemingly infinite capacity to take it in. After first being stored in the earth’s crust, aluminium finds a final resting place in this virtual space. Since real aluminium and warehouses cannot disappear into a virtual nowhere, Infinite Capacity Al13 reflects on where we might encounter this ‘virtual aluminium space’.
at Carroll / Fletcher / London (UK)
Neoliberal Lulz – Constant Dullaart, Femke Herregraven, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, and Jennifer Lyn Morone
12 February – 2 April 2016