The project Striking Surface Playground deals with two very primal, archaic topics in human history: fire and trace. Taking control over fire is one of the the highest cultural achievement of mankind. We have a deep fascination for fire, it provides plenty of warmth and light. From the first attempts of cavemen to lighting a gas stove nowadays. Similar timeless is the trace. Traces left in caves from our ancestors, traces of animals, reading tracks on the hunt, carving the name of your sweetheart in a tree or graffitis in urban areas. Theses two topics are combined in Striking Surface Playground: a striking surface on a matchbox, but in far greater dimensions on the wall. This custom made surface consisting of glass sand and red phosphorus is in consistency similar to a striking surface of a standard commercial matchbox. With the rubbing of a match on the surface another line is made on the “drawing”. A swift move, a light crackling sound and the match is lit. The sum of all lines forms the continuously expanding picture.
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