2016, 2 min.

A reflection on the politics of minerals and the idea of "modernism" as a hyper-industrialized culture where machines are in ruins; requiring man to develop new solutions to continue the extraction process.

“The morning fog slowly burns away to reveal a dirt road leading up to the salt mine. The ground is covered in minerals resembling a slushy layer of snow that is ground back into the earth by the weight of one’s own feet. I walk and observe the industrialized machines as they extract the earth’s long decayed matter; ungrounding the unmeasurable cosmic dust and releasing it into the atmosphere, forcing us to breathe in the other worldly, the other planetary.”

Excerpt from “Beyond the Salt” by Paolo Zuñiga.

2017 | 5 Minute Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

© 2022 Paolo Zuñiga