Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand

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Carbon Theater. A Planetary Drama Around Life and Non-Life. Act III: Dark Loops,

Carbon Theater. A Planetary Drama Around Life and Non-Life. Act III: Dark Loops

Ashkan and Natascha study together. Lately, they have been studying chemistry. It is a pity they had such bad science teachers in school, because they have realized that chemistry is about more than just the periodic table or memorising formulae. Their new knowledge may be practical, but it is also metaphysical wisdom. They have been studying bonds: how things come together, relate, and eventually fall apart. Their study does not distinguish between one science and another, or between the arts and everything else. It is about thinking the world and its small wonders together as a series of preponderances, where the story of how carbon and hydrogen meet and the materials they make is echoed in the story of how alchemists wanted to transform and purify the soul. It is the story of how forms attune and dissent, of the incongruities between the human and the more-than-human. It involves listening with care.