A Geologic Evening in the Geologic City
09.06.2011, 9:14 pm
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It has been months in the making, and we’re very excited to be launching Geologic City in a matter of hours. Hope to see you at Studio-X, Thursday, September 8th at 6 p.m. For at least that evening, guests will be invited to shift gears and experience a much longer and slower New York minute.

What’s in store? A pop-up exhibition that frames geologic forces and materials within the Studio’s Tribeca space and outside its 16th floor window. You can also expect a lot of books, drinks —and the chance to experience the fantastic work of two of our collaborators, Kevin T. Allen and Meg Studer.

Kevin’s piece Sonic Geologic explores, “the secret lives of material objects” in New York City.  During the exhibition guests are encouraged to lend an ear to the geologic underpinnings of the Brooklyn Bridge, including the flows of traffic and humans shuttling between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

From Kevin T. Allen’s Sonic Geologic: A piezo disc. The top surface is coated with piezoelectric material–crystals–which have a naturally occuring electronic charge.

Several of Meg Studer’s maps will also be on display. Her remarkably dynamic two-dimensional maps visualize complex, global transversals of geologic materials.  Meg used Geologic City’s entry on New York’s road salt as a point of departure for her expanded research into global salt flows (NaCl) — and more.

image courtesy Meg Studer

And, we’ll gift a special Geologic City bookmark for the first several dozen people who pick-up a copy of the Field Guide at Thursday’s launch party The bookmark reframes the NYC MetroCard through its geologic constitution. The MetroCard’s “intelligence” pre-dates the Earth. Tiny iron bars within the card’s magnetic strip are arranged to point up or down, storing transit data (when a card was purchased, how many rides remain etc.). The MetroCard’s iron was born of supernovae, billions of years ago. Ironically, the geologic intelligence of this material, traveling through incomprehensible spans of time  and distance, is what facilitates passage into and throughout New York City’s subways today. Yet, hydrocarbons that have been brewing since periods such as the Devonian and Permian are what fuel the production and compose the substance of the plastic of the card itself.  With each MetroCard swipe, Pre-Earthian iron, transformed primordial life forms that arrive to us as crude oil, and Anthropocene plastic, assemble intimately to become a tool of urban transit.

Hope to see you at the launch. If you’re not able to make it, the exhibition will be open through September 22, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Copies of Geologic City are available anytime, via smudge studio.

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