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‘…nobody will go there at night. It’s called the hills of the spirits.’
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‘Well there is a big mark in time, Soutpan, Tswaing. I don’t know how many million people would die if it would happen today but it was 200 000 years ago.’
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Thank you for visiting our virtual exhibition, we are developing the archive further with the final chapter.
Would love for you to attend the complete physical shows when they are possible.
Tommaso and Nic, May 2020, Cape Town.

www.hemelliggaam.com
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HEMELLIGGAAM or THE ATTEMPT TO BE HERE NOW (CHAPTER TWO)
TOMMASO FISCALETTI and NIC GROBLER
Curator Filippo Maggia
Sound compositions Alessandro Gigli
Scientific team Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti and Michelle Cluver from Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape.
Consultant Davide Chinig

Supported by 
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Pretoria
National Research Foundation
Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
Consolato d'Italia a Cape Town

Thanks to
Ray Du Toit / Badhen Lab
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This taxidermy giraffe was at the entrance, in the first room of the (Chapter One) exhibition. Most visitors, especially children were spellbound and immediately attracted by it’s sheer size and magnificence.  We started referring to it as ‘God’ after a while - soon realising that there is no competition or comparison to the presence of this tall, impressive yet comical creature.
GOD, IZIKO MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN
When viewing this structure today, it must be remembered that about 2 km of rock has been eroded away, so we are looking at a level deep in the throat of the volcano. Its present summit is reached via a kilometre-wide lava ash field.

VOLCANO #3, SALPETERKOP, NORTHERN CAPE
'This is a beam dump - where the beam comes through from the target. This is the end of protons life! Obviously if we don't stop protons here, they will carry on travelling and they would probably be leaving the facility and moving at a speed equal to around the world four times in a second... usually we have an average of maybe 10 million, millions, particles per second ending their life here"
BEAM DUMP, ITHEMBA LABS, CAPE TOWN
‘Well there is a big mark in time, Soutpan, Tswaing. I don’t know how many million people would die if it would happen today but it was 200 000 years ago. I forget the size of the meteorite - a few thousand tons, and it threw up this central point and a ring of hills. There are legends - nobody will go there at night. It’s called the hills of the spirits.’
Tom Learmont, Sci-fi Writer, Johannesburg

TSWAING CRATER, SOSHANGUVE, PRETORIA
These rocks contain a high percentage of iron and their dark appearance forms a truly ancient landscape. The rocks make a metal sound when played; they are referred to with different names such as ‘rock gongs’, ‘ringing rocks’ or even ‘bushman pianos’.

BLACK ROCKS # 1, BETWEEN CALVINIA AND WILLISTON, NORTHERN CAPE
Photograph inspired by ‘Swart ster oor die Karoo’ (Black star over the Karoo) by Jan Rabie, 1957. In the novel future humans are living inside Table Mountain as it is too cold outside. There are no doors, but mirror like walls that you can walk through - but only if you are calm. Wouter ended up forgetting this and ran angrily towards someone, straight into the wall like you would run into a closed glass door, coming face to face with himself.
WOUTER RENS (FROM “SWART STER OOR DIE KAROO, JAN RABIE 1957). NIC GROBLER, TABLE MOUNTAIN, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE
‘Well there is a big mark in time, Soutpan, Tswaing. I don’t know how many million people would die if it would happen today but it was 200 000 years ago. I forget the size of the meteorite - a few thousand tons, and it threw up this central point and a ring of hills. There are legends - nobody will go there at night. It’s called the hills of the spirits.’
Tom Learmont, Sci-fi Writer, Johannesburg

SCALE MODEL, TSWAING CRATER, SOSHANGUVE, PRETORIA

'You have to think as it is an object, if you turn on a light next to it you can measure it with your eyes and you can understand what the object is. Here it is the same, but since what we are looking is very small, we need to have different eyes - our eyes here is the spectrometer'
SCATTERING CHAMBER AND TARGET LADDER, ITHEMBA LABS, CAPE TOWN
Video inspired by ‘Swart ster oor die Karoo’ (Black star over the Karoo) by Jan Rabie, 1957. In the novel there is a chapter where the humans are given the opportunity to see themselves - as they are in the past, but ahead of the time they left to travel to the future.
TOM LEARMONT #2, SCI-FI WRITER, GHOST WRITER, ILLOVO, JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG
Salpeterkop (Saltpetre Hill) was an active volcano around 66 million years ago – estimated as the last one in Southern Africa. It is interesting to note that about 2 km of of its original height has been eroded down, so we are seeing at a level 'deep in the throat of the volcano'. The remains of this volcano is visible from the SALT (South African Large Telescope) site near sutherland.  
VOLCANO #1, SALPETERKOP, NORTHERN CAPE
'For me, my identity is basically the person I’m accepting myself to be and who I believe I am. I don’t think I would identify myself as Xhosa or Tswana, I don’t think I would identify myself as coloured either. My father is coloured and everything in my genes I believe is more connected to an African lifestyle - which includes the Xhosa and Tswana. But currently, I’m the person I believe I am - that is my culture.'
LIEZEL HOFMAN AND THE ROCK ART DISPLAY , LIVING LANDSCAPE PROJECT, CLANWILLIAM, WESTERN CAPE
The meteorite was probably about the size of a an average house and it would have taken no more than 10 seconds to slam into the ground after entering the Earth's atmosphere, releasing the energy of about 100 Hiroshima atom bombs. Life within a 35 kilometre radius would have been wiped out.
WRECKAGE MUSEUM, TSWAING CRATER, SOSHANGUVE, PRETORIA
The name Tswaing means "place of salt" in Tswana and the crater was also formerly known in English as Pretoria Saltpan crater and in Afrikaans as Soutpankrater.
TSWAING CRATER, SOSHANGUVE, PRETORIA