Remolten by Great Things to People

“Chile has the second largest and most active chain of volcanoes in the world. Throughout the Chilean mainland, there are at least 2,000 volcanoes. Of these, only 500 are considered geologically active; 60 have a recorded history of eruptions in the last 450 years, with a total of around 300 eruptions for that period. Currently, 43 are being watched by the National Network of Volcano Monitoring (Red Nacional de Vigilancia Volcánica) of the Chilean National Geology and Mining Service. The most active are Villarrica, Llaima, Calbuco, Chaitén, Láscar, Michinmahuida, Nevados de Chillán, Lonquimay, Copahue, and Azul-Quizapú.

Close to volcanoes and on their slopes, you can find traces of eruptions such as large rocks expelled many kilometers from the crater and petrified Lava Rivers. Both phenomena involve the same material: a large black porous and lightweight rock called basaltic andesite (Andesita Basáltica), more widely known as the “volcanic lava of the Los Andes.” This material has great potential given its extensive presence in northern and southern Chile.

What if we transform it to its original state?
What if we make it Re-Molten?

“Remolten” (“Re-molten”) is the second collaboration between the Chilean studio gt2P and the New York-based gallery Friedman Benda. It is mainly a practical research project to develop a physical parametric methodology (Paracrafting) for the production of pieces in “Remolten” volcanic lava.

This project has its antecedent in material experimentation carried out for the lighting project called “Less CPP N2: Porcelain vs Lava Lights”, which sought to increase the mechanical strength of porcelain in the firing process of conventional high-temperature kilns.
Lava from the Villarrica, Osorno, Calbuco and Chaitén volcanoes were the main raw materials. We were able to establish temperature parameters that allow a viscous state of the material to melt along with the porcelain, at a viscosity range between 1200 °C to 1300 °C, and achieving a greater fluidity with the latter temperature.
Based on this experience and its potential as a unique and resilient material within an existing productive chain, such as ceramics, we have now developed Remolten – pieces made of lava from the end of the world (Chile).“

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