Planetary Chronology

from Geo- to Atmo-

  1. Parikka, Jussi. A geology of Media. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. “history conflates with earth history...the geological materials of metals and chemicals get deterritorialized from their strata and reterritorialized in machines that define our technical media culture” (35)
  2. Grosz, Elizabeth. Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. “Art and nature, art in nature, share a common structure: that of excessive and useless production-production for its own sake, production for the sake of profusion and differentiation. (9) 
  3. per Haraway, “Making Kin” : “In a recorded conversation for Ethnos at the University of Aarhus in October, 2014, the participants collectively generated the name Plantationocene.” Noboru Ishikawa, Anna Tsing, Donna Haraway, Scott F. Gilbert, Nils Bubandt, Kenneth Olwig (interdisciplinary group, including Kenneth Olwig, landscape architecture): the devastating transformation of diverse kinds of human-tended farms, pastures, and forests into extractive and enclosed plantations, relying on slave labor and other forms of exploited, alienated, and usually spatially transported labor
  4. Jussi Parikka, The Anthrobscene, 2015: an effort to emphasize the obscenity of anthropocene, “a horrific human-caused drive toward a sixth mass extinction of species”
  5. Colomina, Beatriz and Mark Wigley. Are we human? Notes on an archeology of design. Zurch, Switzerland. Lars Muller Publishers, 2016. “humans no longer move across a small part of a very thin layer on the skin of the earth, nomadically foraging for resources as if acting lightly on a vast stage. They now encircle the planet with layer upon layer of technocultural nets, posing an ever-greater threat to their own survival” (12)

Continuous Stack
  1. Chisolm, Dianne. “Rhizome, Ecology, Geophilosophy (A Map to this Issue).” Rhizome, Issue 15, Winter 2007. [Deleuze and Guattari’s] ‘geo’ calls to mind John Lovelock's ‘Gaia,’ since, like ‘Gaia,’ it evokes no singular (geological, biological, hydrological, thermodynamical, etc.) activity but, instead, emits a multiplicity of interconnecting ‘geos’—geology, geography, geophysics, and geopolitics, and emerging composites such as geophysiology, geomicrobiology, ad infinitum.”
  2.   Irigaray, Luce. The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger. Translated by Mary Beth Mader. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999. “Air is at the groundless foundation of metaphysics...” (12)
  3. Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.“...we are always attempting to retie the Gordian knot by crisscrossing, as often as we have to, the divide that separates exact knowledge and the exercise of power - let us say nature and culture.” (3) 
  4. Reed, Patricia. “Orientation in a Big World: On the Necessity of Horizonless Perspectives.” E-flux, #101, June 2019. “Navigation is, above all, a synthetic operation.”

Human Nature
  1. Zalasiewicz, Jan & Waters, Colin & Williams, Mark & Summerhayes, C. The Anthropocene as a Geological Time Unit. Cambridge University Press, 2019. “Anthropogenic sediments are moved across the surface of the planet via artificial processes that may be contrasted with that of natural sediment-transport systems (described as gravity and aeolian/wind deposit). ..The artificial flux of anthropogenic materials follows no consistent natural pathway” (60)
  2. Arboleda, Martín. Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism. London: Verso, 2020. “geography of extraction that emerges as the most genuine product of two distinct yet overlapping world-historical transformations: first, a new geography of late industrialization that is no longer circumscribed to the traditional heartland of capitalism (the west), and second, a quantum leap in the robotization and computerization of the labor process brought about by what I will term the fourth machine age” (4)
  3. Szeman, Imre, Wilson, Sheena, and Carlson, Adam. Petrocultures : Oil, Politics, and Culture. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017. “Extractivist, capitalist production has resulted in what is now being referred to as the Anthropocene: human-induced climate change on such a scale and to such a degree that it can now be mapped within geological time.” (12)
  4. Mann, Geoff and Joel Wainwright. Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of our Planetary Future. Londo: Verso, 2018. melting of glaciers is a permanent alteration of the time-keeper and recorder since pre-ice age (55)

Record of Emergency
  1. Arboleda, Martín. Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism. London: Verso, 2020. Marx’s “enchanted and perverted world” - “...human bodies become possessed (and often obliterated) by uncanny forces and nonhuman objects become animated with powers over life and death, this books unfolds a subversive reading of the planetary: one that takes seriously the class-based, contradictory, and inherently antagonistic dimensions of contemporary sociotechnical systems and ecologies and points toward the possibilities the current industrial era brings for collectively imagining and producing a different kind of modernity.” (18)
  2. Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. the economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life (21)

Orienting in the Planetary Chronology
  1. Parikka, Jussi. The Anthrobscene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.  “There is a need for a more literal understanding and mobilization of deep times, in terms of depth as well as temporality” (16)