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Making the Geologic Now 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 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 actively exploring and creatively responding to the geologic depth of “now.” Contributors’ ideas and works are drawn from architecture, design, contemporary philosophy and art. They are offered as test sites for what might become thinkable or possible if humans were to collectively take up the geologic as our instructive co-designer—as a partner in designing thoughts, objects, systems, and experiences. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces sense-able and relevant with new levels of intensity. As a condition of contemporary life in 2012, the geologic “now” is lived as a cascade of events. Humans and what we build participate in their unfolding. Today, and unlike the environmental movements of the 1970s, the geologic counts as “the environment” and invites us to extend our active awareness of inhabitation out to the cosmos and down to the Earth’s iron core.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 6-26
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  1. Section 1: Signals from the Edge of an Arriving Epoch
  1. 1. Enter the Anthropocene-Age of Man
  2. Elizabeth Kolbert
  3. pp. 28-32
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  1. 2. A New Element, A New Force, A New Input: Antonio Stoppani's Anthropozoic
  2. Etienne Turpin, Valeria Federighi
  3. pp. 34-41
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  1. 3. From Rock Art to Land Art/From Pleistocene to Anthropocene
  2. William L. Fox, William Lamson
  3. pp. 42-45
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  1. 4. Ediacaran and Anthropocene: Poetry as a Reader of Deep Time
  2. Don McKay
  3. pp. 46-54
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  1. 5. Modeling Collaborative Practices in the Anthropocene
  2. Bill Gilbert
  3. pp. 56-61
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  1. 6. Exposing the Anthropocene: Art and the Education in the "Extraction State"
  2. Erika Osborne
  3. pp. 62-65
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  1. Section 2: Shifts in the Material Conditions of Contemporary Life
  1. 7. What is the Exponential
  2. Seth Denzien
  3. p. 68
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  1. 8. The Dark Flight of Micrometeorites
  2. Ryan Thompson
  3. pp. 69-71
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  1. 9. Packaging Sludge and Silt
  2. Stephen Becker, Rob Holmes, Brett Milligan
  3. pp. 72-78
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  1. 10. Inner-City Glaciers
  2. Christian Neal
  3. pp. 79-81
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  1. 11. Imagining the Geologic
  2. Janike Kampevold Larsen
  3. pp. 83-89
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  1. 12. Ultra-Diamond/Super-Value
  2. Oliver Goodhall, David Benqué
  3. pp. 90-93
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  1. 13. The Not-So-Solid Earth: Remembering New Madrid
  2. Julia Kagan
  3. pp. 94-98
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  1. 14. Distributed Evidence: Mapping Named Erratics
  2. Jane Hutton
  3. pp. 99-103
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  1. 15. Landscapes of Erasure: The Removal-and Persistence- of Place
  2. Paul Lloyd Sargent
  3. pp. 106-110
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  1. 16. Being With(in) the Geolithic: Internet as Shamanic Tool
  2. Anthony Easton, Rachel E. McRae
  3. pp. 111-114
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  1. 17. Land Making Machines
  2. Brian Davis
  3. pp. 115-121
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  1. 18. Space-Time Vertigo
  2. Brett Milligan
  3. pp. 123-129
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  1. 19. Fertilizing Earthworks
  2. Chris Taylor
  3. pp. 130-134
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  1. Section 3: From Periphery to Center: Artists Make the Geologic Now
  1. 21. Blank Stare
  2. Susannah Sayler, Edward Morris
  3. pp. 136-143
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  1. 21. Trevor Paglen’s Frontier Photography
  2. Brooke Belisle
  3. pp. 145-149
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  1. 22. The Uneven Time of Space Debris: An Interview with Trevor Paglen
  2. Elizabeth Ellsworth, Jamie Kruse
  3. pp. 150-152
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  1. 23. Autobiographical Trace Fossils
  2. Ilana Halperin
  3. pp. 154-158
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  1. 24. Live Through This: Surviving the Pleistocene in Southern California
  2. Rachel Sussman
  3. pp. 159-161
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  1. 25. Uncomfortable, Schisms and Sutures: Geology and the Mythology in Scotland
  2. Matt Baker, John Gordon
  3. pp. 163-169
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  1. 26. Time and the Breathing City
  2. Chris Rose
  3. pp. 170-172
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  1. 27. Robert Smithson's Abstract Geology: Revisiting the Premonitory Politics of the Triassic
  2. Etienne Turpin
  3. pp. 173-178
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  1. 28. Jarrod Beck: Geologic Anxiety
  2. Anne Reeve
  3. pp. 180-182
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  1. 29. The Border Project
  2. Victoria Sambunaris
  3. pp. 183-185
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  1. 30. 473 Inches at 60 Frames Per Second
  2. Wade Kavanaugh, Stephen B. Nguyen
  3. pp. 186-187
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  1. 31. Nothing From Nothing
  2. Katie Holten
  3. pp. 188-191
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  1. 32. Arts, Letters, & Numbers: Situating Engagements with Material and Experiential Geographies
  2. David Gersten
  3. pp. 193-195
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  1. 33. Neo-Eocene
  2. Oliver Kelhammer
  3. pp. 196-201
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  1. 34. The Leslie Street Spit
  2. Lisa Himmer
  3. pp. 202-204
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  1. Section 4: Geologic Tomorrow: Wild and Potent Futures
  1. 35. Trace-Cameraless Records of Radioactive Contamination
  2. Shimpei Takeda
  3. pp. 205-213
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  1. 36. The Power of Configuration: When Infrastructure Goes Off the Rails
  2. Jamie Kruse
  3. pp. 214-220
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  1. 37. The Nuclear Present
  2. Bryan M. Wilson
  3. pp. 222-225
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  1. 38. One Million Years of Isolation: An Interview With Abraham Van Luik
  2. Geoff Manaugh, Nicola Twilley
  3. pp. 226-237
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  1. 39. Terminal Atomic: Technogeomorphological Mounds
  2. Center for Land Use Interpretation
  3. pp. 238-241
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  1. Afterword
  2. Jane Bennett
  3. pp. 244-246
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 248-257
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 258-259
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615766362
MARC Record
OCLC
1176454961
Pages
262
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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