This note initiates thoughts concerning the contamination of the water with mercury due to mining.

The note looks at combining new electrochemical alloy formation technology with the aesthetic of traditional gestures for place marking.

Totem-like poles (re: faaka tiki)’ are capped with solar cells and planted into floating buoys, under which are suspended the platinum electrodes for alloy formation with the mercury.

The note imagines fields or walls of these floating totems, strategically located in the river and also hopefully their redundancy, which is easily accommodated by virtue of their material composition and deployment as units.

This project is part of a Fellowship supported by Tilting Axis and Het Nieuwe Instituut, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, The Black Archives and Melly.

*korjaal (pronounced kȯr-ē-al) is a dug-out or canoe.

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