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The copper industry is the basis of the Chilean economy and certainly the main rent of the country at the present. Therefore, there is an important culture that lives in and for the copper mining camps, especially in the Atacama Desert. This culture has grown in what is called a "city assembly", where the temporary meaning is present within the concept of welfare. The main body of my work is based on a six year documentation of the process of burying Chuquicamata, the biggest open-pit copper mining camp in the world, located in the north of Chile and the place where I lived 8 years of my early life. In this place, I could register and experiment, using photography, video, installations and collected objects, the social and topographic impact of the project of transferring its inhabitants, due to the growing mine and increased enforcement of pollution regulations. This people, so called "new neighbors", have been affected by a change in the economic system under which they were used to live. A system that supported them in a sort of "communist" way, having many people working all their life for it, in exchange for health, primary education for their children and a house in Gratuitous Bailment, all for free, in addition to an absolutely high well-being in relation to the average of the rest of the country, nevertheless totally isolated from any external stimulus. What motivated me here was the visible impact of the social, environmental and urban alteration by topographic means, as part of a developing post-industrial society. As a result, I have been there 6 times and four exhibitions have been made in Santiago, Calama and Valparaíso, showing part of this work and investigation. Minerals, as raw materials, having the condition of being undifferentiated "evernew" products of massive consumption, are both local and global cultural commodities, simultaneously. What I could analyze from this work is how minerals—in this case, copper—affect not only a local environment and society, but also the global economy. How a national benefit depends also on global rates determined by an ideology of newness that establishes a network of connectivity between those industrialized countries—and therefore, landscapes— Since July 2007 I have moved to Berlin, stablishing a distance from my past work, but at the same time, finding a new inspiring energy with the social phenomenon that Germany is undergoing, due to its unique political history. After working in a country affected entirely by the copper industry, I have continued my investigation on mineral impacts, but now focusing on Coal, not only from its historic value in Germany as a natural resource and heat provider, but also as a material to address a sense of landscape, from Macro to Micro; where it comes from (the Coal mining industry), and how it goes as an energy provider. From the perspective of another culture and experience in post-industrial impacts, I want to explore a sense of landscape, contrasting very large scopes with the essence of what is beneath this land, reading it like a "scientific document", in order to become completely generic metaphors: a landscape that can be nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Michelle Letelier, July 2008