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Making the Geologic Now
"Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life announces shifts in cultural sensibilities and practices. It offers early sightings of an increasingly widespread turn toward the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for creative responses to material conditions of the present moment. In the spirit of a broadside, this edited collection circulates images and short essays from over 40 artists, designers, architects, scholars, and journalists who are extending our active awareness of inhabitation out to the cosmos and down to the Earth’s iron core. Their works are offered as test sites for what might become thinkable and possible if humans were to take up the geologic as our instructive co-designer—as a partner in designing thoughts, things, systems, and experiences. As a reading and viewing event, Making the Geologic Now is designed to move with its audiences while delivering signals from unfolding edges of the "geologic now."

The Website

The Making the Geologic Now website is a creative translation of the book into an interactive website. Readers can update and extend the book by uploading and illustrating their own sightings of "the geologic now." Readers can also join in discussions of articles and images in the book or on the website."
anthropocene  books  geology  elizabethellsworth  jamiekruse  ediacarian  anthropozoic  material  time  design  art  documentary  ebooks  materiality  friendsofthepleistocene 
april 2013 by robertogreco
geologic time viewer
"The Geologic Time Viewer is an interactive graphic design. It offers a contemporary interpretation of the Geological Society of America's 1989 Geologic Time Scale.

Unlike the official Geologic Time Scale—our Viewer does not end with the present as culmination. Instead, we locate the present as the middle of geologic time. Neither beginning nor end, the present is where geologic and human forces are in the midst of unfolding and enfolding. The right represents time past, the left, how geologic time has been enculturated by human design in the present.

Through a window cut in the middle of a geologic time scale, users view their surroundings as the present geologic era--a qualitatively new era called the Anthropocene. Unlike all geologic strata that came before, the Anthropocene’s strata will include a distinct layer of sediment containing elements unique because of their human design (ie nuclear fallout and plastic)."
geology  visualization  timeline  timelines  smudgestudio  friendsofthepleistocene  anthropocene  geologictimescale  geologictime  interactive 
november 2011 by robertogreco
A Geologic Evening in the Geologic City « FOP
"The bookmark reframes the NYC MetroCard through its geologic constitution. The MetroCard’s “intelligence” pre-dates the Earth. Tiny iron bars within the card’s magnetic strip are arranged to point up or down, storing transit data (when a card was purchased, how many rides remain etc.). The MetroCard’s iron was born of supernovae, billions of years ago. Ironically, the geologic intelligence of this material, traveling through incomprehensible spans of time  and distance, is what facilitates passage into and throughout New York City’s subways today. Yet, hydrocarbons that have been brewing since periods such as the Devonian and Permian are what fuel the production and compose the substance of the plastic of the card itself.  With each MetroCard swipe, Pre-Earthian iron, transformed primordial life forms that arrive to us as crude oil, and Anthropocene plastic, assemble intimately to become a tool of urban transit."
smudgestudio  geologiccity  nyc  metrocard  fop  friendsofthepleistocene  geology  urban  earth  history  time  perspective  longonow  bighere  materials  brooklyn  bookmarks 
november 2011 by robertogreco
FOP [Friends of the Pleistocene]
"FOP produces & carries out research & design projects. Our projects respond to conjunctures of landscape & human activity shaped by the geologic epoch of the Pleistocene, & geologic time more generally. Our interactive events & devices (for visualization, interpretation, imaginative & cognitive projections) invite humans to project their imaginations from present land use back into geologic time & forward into speculative geo- & bio-futures. Our mission is to extend humans’ capacities to sense & live in relation to geologic time…

…We study, document, & creatively respond to how the geologic epoch of the Pleistocene continues to shape our daily lives & how humans use geologic-shaped landforms & environments. Our projects include photographic image-sensations; "take away" speculative tools for exploration & cognitive recalibration w/in the geologic timescale; printed works such as posters, newsprints, booklets, field guides, & diary-maps; & informal public education events."
landscape  art  brooklyn  nyc  fop  friendsofthepleistocene  time  geology  earth  humans  human  perspective  science  environment  timescale  geologictimescale  fieldguides  projectideas  glvo  maps  mapping  education  anthropocene  holocene  quaternary 
november 2011 by robertogreco

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