Beckton Alps

A research about an artificial mountain called Beckton Alps is the central theme of the video. Beckton Alps is an ultimate scenario of a post-industrialization period: where used to have a gas works industry, nowadays there is a heap of industrial debris. It is called “alps” since the times of the gas industry was active due to the big amount of chemical by-products resulted from the production of gas: there used to be endless black mountains of the original gasworks, which used to be called ironic as the Alps; and nowadays there are only one bigger mount made of these rejects and it is still called Alps.

The entire project is the Trilogy of Mountains, and it is related to landscape and memory. Trilogy of the Mountains is devised in three parts: Alpenprojekt, based on the alpine landscape; the second one approaches Beckton Alps, an artificial mountain in east London; and the third part is related to artificial mountains made with war debris in Germany.

The research about Beckton Alps was made possible thanks to Bolsa Iberê Camargo granted in 2012 by Iberê Camargo Foundation for a residency at Gasworks, London.

Video / 12:29 minutes / 2018