July 2019

Sophia Al-Maria: The Future Was Desert, Part I

war-weather continuum

Artist Sophia Al-Maria builds a visual narrative of the desertification of the planet in the future. The temporality of the past and the future collapses in the video as her narrative traverses vast historical and geological times. Working with an archive of archeological, anthropological, and scientific missions to other planets, her video proposes a disjuncture between the historical scale of human time as against the geological timescale of the planet that remains unfathomable and inaccessible to us.

An excerpt from “The Future Was Desert, Part II” can be found here.

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