Tepoto Sud



These images are part of a collective, ongoing art and research project by TBA 21 led by Ute Meta Bauer and together with Nabil Ahmed, Armin Linke, Per Magnus and Filipa Ramos. Images represent a new mythology, which sits atop existing natural and nuclear myths.

The first part of the project is a geological survey of Tepoto Sud, a small atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Embedded within this atoll is a model of a Klein Bottle, a non-orientable surface. The Klein Bottle was first imagined by the German mathematician, Felix Klein, in 1882. It is a two-dimensional manifold against which a system for determining a normal vector cannot be consistently defined. Here, it acts as the intangible internal structure of an atoll. A fictitious concept, here it offers an explanation for an unknown, it represents a new formation myth.