MAPPING AN ETHICAL BECOMING, OR, DEVICES FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

 

MAPPING THE PATTERNS OF THE RUPTURES OF THE MATTER…

‘Scientific debate, rather than consensus, still surrounds the concept of the Anthropocene: the idea put forward by geologists that there will be a time, after the end of humans, when the planet will bear the scars of a species having created such impact on the planet that their existence will be discernible as a distinct geological strata.’ (Claire Colebrook, 2014)

An interactive installation based on challenging the idea of the evolutionary timeline. Exhibited 15 April 2015 MHT Building, University of Lincoln, 22 April 2014 The Collection, Lincoln and 6 November 2015 Vecā Ostmala 54, Liepāja.

Produced in collaboration with Andrew West, Alexandra Taylor and Ryan Ashcroft.

As a visitor to the space you trigger the ruptures, or, rather, the scars of the species. This process of evolution, an evolution of deep time, is in some sense part of your footprint on this timeline, within each move you make and within every moment of existence. Liberating the digital human by using the body as an extension of our senses to have a physical encounter with evolution.

Encountering the device triggers these ruptures to play in an interactive process fed by an Arduino (MP3 player shield and a motion sensor). These subtle encounters that individuals stumble upon may make them consider their own accountability within the evolutionary timeline. As you encounter the device, the motion sensor detects your movement and plays a random audio file to add a new element, a rupture in the timeline. These sounds are based on evolution with primordial slime, rocks scraping together and waves crashing. Simultaneously, these ruptures are mapped using Processing to display a real time pattern of our footprint and the effects we are leaving behind.