Archetypes of Contamination is the title of my ongoing practice-based research project conducted as a Doctoral Candidate in the field of Contemporary art at Aalto University, Department of Art and Media. The research has started in September 2021.

 

This research looks at radioactive contamination through the re-creation and re-interpretation of ritualistic practices, hypothesizing that mythological images can play a role in understanding determinate processes of environmental transformation related to human intervention.

At the core of this investigation is the role of symbolic thinking in shaping the relationship between humans and environmental space. In other words, the research develops from the premise that the perception of environmental space constitutes and affects the way reality is socially inhabited. Considering the world as we see and perceive it as a result of different thought processes, I postulate that specific archetypal images may be linked to the actual state of environmental pollution.