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What is Deep Time

Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies
Deep Time is a concept developed by the geologist James Hutton (1726-1797). In this context evolution can only be measured over vast, immeasurable amounts of time where numbers no longer have any meaning.
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The Earth Sciences and Creative Practice: Entering the Anthropocene
Suzette Worden (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8205-4.ch007
The Anthropocene is being suggested as a new geological age replacing the Holocene and is a description of a time interval where significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activity. Artists interested in the earth sciences are using digital media to provide audiences with ways of understanding the issues highlighted in discussions about the Anthropocene. These artists are harnessing data through visualisation and sonification, facilitating audience participation, and are often working in art-science collaborations. These activities demonstrate a transdisciplinary approach that is necessary for confronting the world's most pressing problems, such as climate change. After a discussion of the opportunities provided by visualisation technologies and an overview of the Anthropocene, this chapter explores the following interrelated themes through examples of creative works: (1) nanoscale, (2) geology and deep time, (3) climate, weather, and the atmosphere, (4) extreme places – beyond wilderness, and (5) curatorial practice as environmental care.
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