Sowing Salt


Sowing Salt (Art Video / Performance )

Still image from ‘Sowing Salt’ (Art Video / Performance )

Have you ever sowed salt?

No? – Why would you?!?!

Any sane person would know that that would be futile and at the same time dangerous, poisoning and destroying your piece of soil.

But how often have you done something like sowing salt? Investing your energy (or money) and only later realising that you have done more harm than good? And how often did you do something stupid, because somebody told you that “that is what we have to do” or “It is a sure way to get rich (you can substitute ‘rich’ with whatever else you desire)”? I guess we all have at least once sowed salt and been utterly disappointed, asking ourselves why we did not think it through before we invested in an idea, and before it was too late…

It is up to us, to stop sowing salt. Stop whatever “get-rich-quick” scheme you are onto.First think your choices through to the end. Think about the larger picture and what impact it will have on others or your environment. If you are not sure, get informed and educate yourself. It is so easy in today’s world to have easy and free access to information. Share your knowledge and urge people to stop following “get-rich-quick” promises of their leaders. That way we can restore our earth and lives to its natural fertility and beauty.

In 2012 I have made a video art work / performance entitled: Sowing Salt. The work is a contemplation about people blindly following their leaders without questioning if it is right or wrong, and thinking about the long-term effects of their actions.

It was first shown as a video installation in December 2012 at my exhibition “…and I sensed an infinite scream passing through the Namib” (Swakopmund, Namibia). If you have missed the exhibition, you can now get a glimpse of this video work.

To get a brief impression of the original video installation, please follow the link below. In the exhibition the video continued in loop endlessly. Watch the video in the highest quality possible and remember to switch on the sound.

Sowing Salt Video

Sowing Salt (Video Installation, Swakopmund 2012)

Sowing Salt (Video Installation, Swakopmund 2012)

5 thoughts on “Sowing Salt

  1. Carl

    By the way, I’d love to be ale to do this kind of work and bring back some of my music composition, but my excuse is always lack of time. That’s pathetic, it it is true.

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      We all have too many excuses to not do the stuff we love most – it is sad! on the other side, do not beat yourself up, you are doing so much great writing for your blog!
      My trick to get over the excuses is to just do small/quick/fun things whenever I have some free time. That way there is not so much pressure and mostly it gets me into the right frame of mind for the bigger projects or the fun ‘little’ thing suddenly becomes the workable thing. And at the very least it was 10min of fun and creativity and feeling alive. Hope you will take the time soon, get the music out there (and if you feel like it, please share it with us!)

      1. Carl

        Yes, you are so right about that. Even if it is only a little work, it is refreshing and beneficial. I do think my problem is getting started, and you are right that it is easier to get started if you are not committed to creating a masterpiece!

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Thank you so much, Carl. I am a big fan of your writing, so I appreciate this compliment coming from you even more! 🙂


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