Sensing Gaia

The Earth is a non-human archive. Traces of synergetic design processes are inscribed into its surface. Its autopoietic images are made visible through climate change and extreme weather phenomena.

Cases —
  Otherwise 2019 / installation
 +41 Magazine 2020 / essay
  Listen Back 2020 / audio
  Planetary Diagrams 2021 / essay



      As it seems the Earth can no longer be thought without mankind since many changes are already irreversible. What if thinking mankind without the Earth doesn't make sense either? The planet Earth isn't just a passive playground for humans to act upon, but rather it's the main actor in a comprehensive and dynamic ecosystem. Therefore, environmental disasters, extreme weather and in general climate change phenomena become perceptible indicators for profound system changes and witnesses of preceding processes at the same time.
      We propose a notion of the Earth as a living and ever-changing archive. Accelerated by human influence, effects of climate change reveal human design activities on larger scale that were inscribed and are not visible anymore.
      Altogether, we are interested in the man-made climate change as a medium of indication. As a process of materialisation it visualises societal interventions on and against the Earth and its inhabitants through nature itself. The man-accelerated ecological processes, thus, become a method of post-human design. Without explicit human intention, effects of climate change reveal the evenly unintentional archival processes of human cultural activities of the Earth. A geo-epistemic serendipity which implies non-human distinction processes that are too sensitive for a human understanding of the world.


Mark

+41 Magazine – Gutes Klima






magazine +41 «Gutes Klima» / 2020
Published by wiewaersmalmit.ch


          “ I am Gaia, the great mother, I am a super organism, I am many. I do not think so, I work. I have no inclination, things sort themselves out.  Everything changes, but nothing fades. And everything that changes leaves its mark. They imprint themselves deep into the fabric of things. I collect them, without intention. My memory is as big as I am old. Everything remains, nothing is lost.
            This is me and you are part of me. I am your archive. My surface is a geo-epistemic serendipity, a random observation of something you were not looking for - you know what I mean, don't you? After all, this is about you. […]”

The complete essay is published in the printed annual magazine +41 «Gutes Klima».



Mark