Making the Geologic Now
In this session, smudge studio collaborators Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth will announce early sightings of an emergent and expanding cultural sensibility: the increasingly widespread turn toward the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for understanding and responding to conditions of the present moment. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces sense-able and relevant with new levels of intensity. Artists, designers, architects, and cultural producers have begun to explore and creatively respond to the geologic depth of "now." smudge will trace some of these developments, and present their own work as a test site for what might become thinkable or possible if we humans were to collectively take up the geologic as our instructive co-designer—as our partner in designing thoughts, objects, systems, and experiences. The panel will be moderated by Taubman College Assistant Professor Rosalyne Sheih of SCHAUM/SHIEH.
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