Curating Spatio-Temporal Connection: Geological multi-proxies and becoming-with deep time

Format: Papers, RSD11, Topic: Architecture & Planning, Topic: Learning & Education, Topic: Methods & Methodology

Connie Svabo and Line Nicolaisen

University of Southern Denmark| University of Southern Denmark

In a transdisciplinary combination of geology and curatorship, long timespans are strung together. We describe a multi-proxy methodology based on actual geological fieldwork conducted in the Barents Sea, and we link this with emerging tidalectic streams in curatorial practice and research. The paper uses geological activity to design what we tentatively, existentially, and metaphorically call curatorial proxies for spatiotemporal connection. Human life is embedded in cosmological and geological systems and forces. Climate change presses for systems understanding and new curatorial practices that are conscious of the culture-making potential of exhibitions and other cultural and spatial designs.

KEYWORDS: geology, curating, multi-proxies, Donna Haraway, systemic design, tidalectic, climate change, the long now, deep time, sympoiesis

Citation Data

Author(s): Connie Svabo and Line Nicolaisen
Year: 2022
Title: Curating Spatio-Temporal Connection: Geological multi-proxies and becoming-with deep time
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 103
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 23 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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