In One Step Beyond – The Mine Revisited, Lukas Einsele examines the worldwide phenomenon of the landmine, its victims, and its relationship to the social and physical environments. Together with photographer Andreas Zierhut, Einsele travelled to minefields and other areas in the world's four most heavily-mined countries: Angola, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Cambodia.
One Step Beyond – The Mine Revisited is based on memories and stories. In interviews with the artist, people injured by landmines attempted to reconstruct the events leading up to the accident. Some made a rough sketch of the location. Using a field camera, Einsele then took a portrait photograph, and presented each interviewee a Polaroid copy. In the resulting public presentation, the victims' interviews, drawings, and portraits are set alongside documentation about landmines, and photographs and texts created in response to the region.
Einsele's work explores the interrelationships between landmines and their victims against the backdrop of global politics, revealing the findings in a new kind of responsive presentation. Through the interfacing of this presentation with additional project components (a website, other presentational forms, and publications), Einsele strives to articulate a new aesthetic and political space, in which a wide range of information and visual material is communicated to the public.
One Step Beyond – The Mine Revisited was already presented internationally in several exhibitions, i.a. at the Witte de With center for contemporary art, Rotterdam, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, and at the United Nations and the Goethe Institute in NYC. Besides these presentations, from spring 2007 One Step Beyond will be presented in the countries that inspired it, and where the material was gathered.
A publication was released in Summer 2005, including texts by Catherine David, Sherko Fatah, Fabrizio Gallanti, Thomas Gebauer, Jonathan Kaplan, Thomas Küchenmeister, Frank Masche, Pedro Rosa Mendes, Bertrand Ogilvie, and Ralf Syring. This book as an autonomous medium is representing various aspects of One Step Beyond – The Mine Revisited.
Group-based project-relationships are an essential aspect of One Step Beyond – The Mine Revisited. At its core, the project is realized in collaboration with Jessica Beebone (project coordination), David Promies (internet representation), Arne Ciliox and Jochen Schiffner (book design), and Andreas Zierhut (photography).