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The Ghost – Ultimate Symbol Of the New Anthropocentric Geology (Late night musings to escape weights and measures)


Like in a previous post I’ll start off my musings that stand behind the Fiction Maker’s narrative with a reference image. The google earth screenshot shows the Zipingpu Dam in China, whose huge man made lake has caused the first man-made earthquake since it was built over one of the area’s fault lines.

It is an both an incredibly seductive and terrifying theory. We have reached a point in time when man’s impact on the very mass of the earth, its geology, has become so powerful that geology is now anthropocentric.

China, which seems to pop up very often, although I am avoiding its alien take on the copy aka the ghost, is the preface of what will become an anthropocentric earth. We are not merely A species but THE species. Like the enormity of the Chinese dam, our cities will shape the earth, their organic layering of history already becoming a new breed of urban geology.

My project embraces this – Nature as we know it (idillic pastoral depictions) is dead. We replace it with technology, which breeds new natures.

Our future cities will glow under the honeyed filter of squeaky clouds of aerogel, rivers will swell pink and the earth will shake with the enormity of the unbuildable.

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Release the Ghosts!

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The city layer becomes part of the geological mass. Layers are permanently replaced, forming strata of concrete and areogel rubble on top of which new cities and new effigies are built. When a layer becomes obsolete, a layer is built over it . The present layer always appears to float on the aerogel remains of forgotten ghosts. The ghost are release, floating over the city when they are replaced. They disperse light and slowly gather atmospheric debree, which causes them to gain weight and crash in slow motion to the ground. This life cycle of concrete and stone and aerogel is permanent, slowly building up the geological layers underneath the city.

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