Iceland is one of the most geologically active sites on the planet, providing vast and variegated energy-rich geologic compositions. Since 2020, Iceland has successfully developed a new type of energy production: the joining of geothermal and hydroelectric power.
As commercial energy development accelerates, so does the encounter with new dissolved solids, toxic metals, and corrosive gasses. In order to meet the demand for energy production, Networx, a multinational power conglomerate, developed roving regulating and ventilation chambers that can be repositioned over ongoing mining operations. The extensive drilling operation is disguised below the surface.
This system includes the transformation of sulfuric gas into rock. The vents deposit the rock into the landscape, aesthetically transforming the perceived “natural” environment. The “beasts” or dýrið, as they are referred to by locals, have become the center of a discussion of infrastructure’s sovereignty in the heated debate of contemporary conservation.