Ecological context is essential to Norilsk.
Norilsk is included in the list of the 10 most polluted places on Earth. The air is polluted by particulates, including radioisotopes strontium-90, and caesium-137; the metals nickel, copper, cobalt, and lead; selenium; and by gases (such as nitrogen and carbon oxides, sulfur dioxide, phenols and hydrogen sulfide). Nickel ore is smelted at the Norilsk nickel company's processing site. This smelting is directly responsible for severe pollution, which generally comes in the form of acid rain and smog. By some estimates, Norilsk's Nickel mines produce 1% of global sulfur dioxide emissions. Not long ago, Norilsk became the epicentre of another environmental disaster involving a diesel spill and the pollution of the Daldykan River, which put the entire Arctic Ocean ecosystem at risk.
During my stay at PolArt-residence, I conducted several reading expeditions on public transport in Norilsk, Dudinka and Talnakh. Their essence consisted of reading the book "Hyperobjects" by philosopher Timothy Morton on bus transportation. To visualize the relationship between text, location, context and thought, I used a special wearable device called Scriber