Double espresso cup for two persons
About 13,000 years ago there was a volcanic eruption in Mendig, a city in Rhineland-Palatinate. In the over time, the rainwater collected in the crater and turned into Laacher See, a 3.3km 2 caldera lake.
In May 2019, I had the opportunity to stay there to get to know the landscape, natural phenomena and the life of the local residents. After these, for the first time I had the feeling that I was part of the world. We take this obvious fact is rarely true, because we live in a comfortable environment - unless we are struck by natural disasters or similar.
I bring a piece of volcanic rock from Lake Caldera to Hamburg, look at it attentive and think about the earth. The earth is also made of rock and consists of many Layers. By analyzing the individual layers in detail and tracing the time axis, you can learn a lot about the state of the environment and events on Earth in the
respective periods experienced. Next, I think about tools that we humans have at the end of this timeline earth appeared, created. For example about mug cup. The act of transporting water or the purpose of a mug has not changed since ancient times, but the one used material has changed over time and history has become with the change of material written. ( Stone, Wood, Bone, Copper, Tin, Bronze, Iron, Glass, Plastic ).
There are also glasses for special drinks, such as Kölsch glasses, only designed for one beer that is in one city is popular. I was told that the Kölsch glass was designed so small, despite that of the short stays business negotiations could be held quickly since Cologne in the Roman times was a stopover for the transport of goods to other destinations.
I like the surprise you get when you encounter something strange. For example one day I ordered a cup of double espresso. The store employee prepared it for me an almost ridiculous method: he took a portafilter with two spouts put two small ones cups underneath, finally poured the coffee from the two cups into a large cup and gave it me. Filling two small cups into one large cup seemed very cumbersome to me; on the other hand, I assumed that exactly this method and the different sized cups nowadays belong to the act of drinking coffee.
This thought / feeling was the starting point of this work. From such experiences, I have made from volcanic rock, the oldest material on earth the center of the earth was ejected, a cup was made that fits the tool that the 20th century (portafilter with two outlets).
With this work I wanted the visitors of the opening a double espresso as offer a welcome drink. Because of the
cup shape you would have to share with someone else drink. Try something out with a stranger you have never met before, new ones to initiate encounters among the visitors - these were my thoughts on this work.
In July 2020, I took the cup that was actually used for this purpose to the Laacher See brought back. Since gas is still being emitted from the surface of the earth, it may be that there will be another volcanic eruption in tens of thousands of years. I wish that then in the lake submerged cup reappears on the surface of the earth and in the hand of someone who holds it is able to \"cross\" the time axis again.
Porcelain, Volcanic rock, 12.5 × 6.3 × 6.4 cm
small is beautiful ² ( Mikiko Sato Gallery ) 2020
Foto: Hagen Stier