2022, May 18, Wed — 2022, May 22, Sun

Unearthing the Present

Research and Discourse

May 18–22, 2022

How does a new geological era take shape? Unearthing the Present connects the geological analysis of the present with a discussion of the changing scope for social and political agency.

How does the global fingerprint of humankind manifest itself in the Earth's sediments? And what implications does the geological present have for political and social processes? For Unearthing the Present, scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) present their stratigraphic analyses from Pacific corals, Chinese maars or from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. They show the microscopic traces left in the Earth's archives by the burning of fossil fuels, atmospheric nuclear bomb tests or the disruption of marine ecosystems and use this to reconstruct the geological record of the Anthropocene. In collaborative “core readings,” researchers, artists and activists jointly search for the specific possibilities and necessities that respond to the signals from the Earth's archives.

Part of Evidence & Experiment