Tag: Anthropocene

lead
Anthropocene

Watch Your City at Night from Space

There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

Read more

Over
Anthropocene

The Earth As You’ve Never Seen It Before

This series of images, called Overviews, shows overhead satellite views of the Earth, focusing on the places where human activity has shaped the landscape.

From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to completely understand the complexity of the systems we have created and the impact that we have had on our planet.

Read more

33-spacejunk
Anthropocene

A Net will Collect Debris from Outer Space

After several approaches to junk removal, Japanese space agency JAXA, came up with the idea of a 700 meters long magnetic net, that will be sent out with a special spacecraft. The mesh of the net is made of steel and aluminum wires that collect the junk thanks to electromagnetic force. Once the net is full of debris, it de-orbits and burns up in the atmosphere.

Read more

fordite-1
Anthropocene

Auto Paint Stones

No, these beautiful stones aren’t formed from crystallized silicia over millions of years. They were formed in only a few years from layers of paint in old car factories.

The colorful layered objects are called Fordites and take their name from agate stones for their visual resemblance.

Read more

govedare
Anthropocene

Painting the Anthropocene

Painter Philip Govedare depicts 21st century landscapes transformed by mining, dredging, and civilization.
His paintings aim to represent the complexity and meanings of the landscapes we inhabit, showing how nature has become a subset of culture.

Read more

pb-090614-powerlines-9a.photoblog900
Anthropocene

DIY Wire Networks In India

The growing demand of electricity and digital communication has a major impact on Indian urban areas.

The increasing use of electronic devices in daily life and the ways we relate to them affect also fast developing countries, like India. This modernization process has led to the creation of DIY electrical and digital communication network in some areas of New Delhi.

Read more

HAlCuTau
Anthropocene

H / AlCuTaAu: a New Artificial Mineral

Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen created an artificial mineral made of technological artifacts. To produce it they deconstructed devices, such as computers, recovering the valuable materials.

Read more

cli fi covers
Anthropocene

Visualizing the Tropes of ‘Climate Fiction’

As fears about global warming become ever more culturally ingrained, “climate fiction” has gone from a once-fringe genre to a standard literary device.

Cli-Fi, as it’s abbreviated, is set in a near or long-term future where the fallout from global warming, be it flooding or mass extinctions, is not only apparent, but an aspect of everyday life. Spanning genres from literary fiction to thrillers, Cli-Fi acts as a barometer of our own ecological anxieties.

Read more