DAAS, KKH  |  May 2022


video essay

How is the environmental degradation of a river in northern Europe linked to macrohistories of colonialism, land dispossession and industrial extractions?




This video essay is the third part of the Permeance Project, which converges -into a visual narration- the previous chromatographic mappings of the river pollution and the theoretical framework of 'permeance' elaborated in the accompanying zine.




The Permeance video essay was realized in collaboration with Tine Theré.


Research, voice, field recordings, video editing by Steffie de Gaetano


Sound design, composition by Tine Theré

Permeance, is the action to diffuse through or penetrate an entity. It is a conceptual lens, through which to approach the entanglements of earthly life.


Permeance is an organic process, traceable through molecular exchanges and biological absorptions. Modern membranes rip, decay and rot. The impermeable is porous.


Distinct categories are barely upheld by mental projections. The modern deteriorates into a pile of compost, stimulating exchanges of substances, nutrients and microorganisms.


Permeance encourages participation in symbiotic relationships with Earthly matter. We contaminate through mutualistic encounters, carrying these reciprocal pollutants in our biologies.


We contaminate also through human interactions and relations to the land. Permeance uncovers the tracks of these chain of events by tracing contaminants. We notice the traces through the ruination.


Permeance unsilences, as pollutants can be displaced but not erased, contaminants can be absorbed but do not vanish, chemistries lead back to their geologic origins, revealing stories of colonial violence and extractions.





© Steffie de Gaetano 2022