In his works, Martin Schepers investigates what happens when a landscape is transformed into a laboratory for technological, research-related, and also artistic processes. Since 2020, the artist has been working on his project “Im Lithiumdreieck – Wir verdunsten” (In the lithium triangle – we are evaporating) which addresses one of the most controversial issues of our time: the mining of raw materials and its conditions and consequences. Schepers explores its impact on society, on people and their connection with landscape, and on the landscape itself and its ecosystems.
Taking a look behind the scenes of the production of batteries in a transnational and participatory experiment, he artistically examines the mining of lithium in Chile and a German research institute that focuses on lithium as a raw material. By transferring technological and ecological processes into his art, it becomes a medium for making real interrelationships visible. In an impressive way, Schepers calls on us to view landscape as a place in which the Anthropocene manifests itself with all its consequences.