On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 we celebrated the launch of “Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life.” (punctum books, 2012)
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. As a reading and viewing event, Making the Geologic Now is designed to move with its audiences while delivering signals from unfolding edges of the “geologic now.” It offers early sightings of an increasingly widespread turn toward the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for creative responses to material conditions of the present moment.
The December 4th launch will release both the ebook (an open-source, free download from punctum) and the interactive, website version of the book. The printed book also will be available for pre-order from punctumbooks.com, shipping in mid-December.
The evening’s program will feature a brief introduction to the project from co-editors Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, followed by comments from contributors. Videos and images from the project will be on display, and Eileen Joy, director of punctum, will appear via Skype from Australia to speak about the spirit behind punctum books.