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Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life


Elizabeth Ellsworth’s and Jamie Kruse’s co-edited book, Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, published by Punctum Books, is being launched tonight at Columbia University’s Studio X NYC.

From the launch invite:

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.

Jamie Kruse, collaborator with Ellsworth in Smudge, is also an alum of the Media Studies program at The New School. Smudge Studio has been granted funding for a three year research and writing project called Future North. This project received $1.5 million in funding from the Research Council of Norway. It is facilitated by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). It is a project of the Programme on Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change. The point of departure for this project is that the landscape both shapes and is shaped by cultural and social development. From this perspective the Arctic landscape is a unique laboratory for studying how the landscape changes in step with changes in production, utilization of the natural surroundings, infrastructure and climate. The project will take a cross-disciplinary approach to studying the relationship between humans and their environment and the significance of social action for the development of the northern landscape.