Book | Extra USB device with soundwork unearthed by BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux | Paperback | 336 pp. | English text | Illustrated | Designed by Femke Herregraven | Edited by Lucas van der Velden, Mirna Belina, Arie Altena and Sonic Acts | Published by Sonic Acts Press, Amsterdam | 2015
„Yet any qualms I had […] dissolved when I explored the Sonic Acts book The Geologic Imagination. This fascinating tome represents an act of radical imagination, an attempt to wrench our thinking out of the same tired old tracks. There’s heft to the book, and perhaps the juxtaposition of cutting edge content with solid, sturdy precision in the object reassures as well.”
– Jeff VanderMeer
“This valuable collection will soon become one of the first essential go-to texts for artists and scholars who want to think about the Anthropocene, global warming and ecological issues in general. A treasure trove of original thoughts and creativity.”
– Timothy Morton
The Geologic Imagination is richly illustrated and beautifully designed collection of essays, visual contributions and interviews.
This new publication by Sonic Acts is inspired by geosciences and zooms in on planet Earth. Fundamental to The Geologic Imagination is the idea that we live in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has irreversibly changed the composition of the atmosphere, the oceans, and even the Earth’s crust. Humanity has become a geological force. Consequently, the perspective has shifted from humans at the centre of the world to the forces that act on timescales beyond the conceivable. These ideas challenge us to rethink our attachments to the world, and our concepts of nature, culture and ecology.
With this book Sonic Acts examines how art and science map and document new insights, and how the changes and transformations that occur on a geological scale can become something humans can feel, touch, and experience.
The Geologic Imagination features new essays by Timothy Morton, Douglas Kahn, Paul Bogard, Michael Welland, and Raviv Ganchrow; there are interviews with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Matthew Coolidge, Liam Young, Noortje Marres, Kodwo Eshun, Kurt Hentschläger, and Mario de Vega; and visual contributions by Femke Herregraven, Mirna Belina, Ellsworth & Kruse, the Center of Land Use Interpretation, Marijn de Jong, and BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux.
The publication accompanies the Sonic Acts festival 2015. A major part of contributions is connected to the Dark Ecology project that started in October 2014. The book also contains unearthed, a new soundwork BJ Nilsen made during the Dark Ecology explorations of the border zone between Kirkenes (Norway) and Nikel (Russia).
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Table of Contents
- 11 The Geologic Imagination by Lucas van der Velden & Arie Altena
- 17 Grey Zone by Marijn de Jong
- 41 Reverse Icarus by Douglas Kahn
- 53 Geologic Time, the Anthropocene and Earthquake Sensitives Interview with Kodwo Eshun by Julian Ross
- 65 Every Molecule on the Surface of Earth has been Affected by Humans Interview with Matthew Coolidge by Liesbeth Koot
- 73 Terminal Atomic: Technogeomorphological Mounds by Center for Land Use Interpretation
- 93 Moods of the Anthropocene Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty by Liesbeth Koot
- 105 Practices for Turning into the Anthropocene by smudge studio – Jame Kruse & Liesbeth Koot
- 121 Poetry and Bookkeeping by Michael Welland
- 135 Sublime Landscapes 3.0 Interview with Kurt Hentschläger by Mirna Belina
- 163 Human Thought at Earth Magnitude by Timothy Morton
- 179 On Long-Wave Synthesis by Raviv Ganchrow
- 199 Trying to Understand Things that are Bigger than Yourself Carsten Seiffarth in conversation with Mario de Vega
- 213 Robotic Arms, Crabs and Algos: The Arctic Ocean Floor as a New Financial Frontier by Femke Herregraven
- 237 It Takes a Lot to Articulate an Object Interview with Noortje Marris by Arie Altena
- 247 The Shadow Cast by the Luminous Screen that We Hold in our Hands Stretches Across the Planet Interview with Liam Young by Tim Maughan
- 263 Know Darkness by Paul Bogard
- 281 About Time by Mirna Belina
- 305 unearthed by Karl Lemieux & BJ Nilsen
- 322 Biographies
- 326 Image Credits
- 328 Credits