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The work is a response to the parallel shifts we are witnessing. the shift of our immediate interactions over to the network and the 6th mass extinction the earth is going through. The latter affects us only indirectly, such as getting paper straws instead of plastic ones at McDonald.
The geography of the world we share with non-human beings is changing. The megastructure of oil pipelines and fibre optic cables buried underneath oceans is pouring rivers of crude oil and data into our cities and emergent cyberspace. Wifi-fields light up spaces connecting us to the network through our devices. Our common future seems to be at a critical turn, both environmentally and digitally.
The work explores a possible future through a fictional story where a soil expert time travels to the future and finds herself in conversation with an intelligent assistant to understand the world she finds herself in.
Heaven 2.0 was exhibited as a part of The Future is here curated by Arshitya Lokhandwala. The show was open at the Bajaj Art Gallery, Nariman point, Mumbai. The work was supported by Jamanalal Bajaj Foundation.
©This is a gif taken from the film and is part of the work HEAVEN2.0 and its copyright belongs to the artist and Jamanalal Bajaj Foundation.
The work is a step into the microscopic world.
It looks not at the microscopic world, but looks from within it, by being in it. If I am a tiny insect, these are my landscapes.
How do you imagine soil? It is certainly not a homogenous mass of similar particles. When one looks into the earth closely, it becomes easy to see what is really inside.
This thin top layer of the earth from the lower atmosphere to a few meters below the surface is called the Critical Zone(CZ).
One of the problems researchers face in picturing the CZ is to give it a shape. Compared to the immensity of the geophysical globe, the intricacies of the CZ vanish from view. This is the limit of what could be called the “planetary view” of the earth made familiar since the time of the scientific revolution and reinforced by the iconic image of the Blue Planet.
-Giving Depth to the Surface – an Exercise in the Gaia-graphy of Critical Zones
* Alexandra Arènes°, Bruno Latour§, Jérôme Gaillardet+
SOC°, Sciences Po§, Physique du Globe+
The film is made from field recordings from different patches of the Earth. It looks at the perceptual world about 300 times smaller than our perceptual world. At this scale human constructed worlds are fundamentally different from the belowground. The belowground has a diversity of plant, mycelium and insect species, each of which contributes to the complex landscapes and micro ecosystems we see in the film.
*The image on the screen is about 7 millimeters across in human length standards.