Transformosphere, 2016

Transformosphere is created for future humans living in the post-Anthropocene era to use the sediments of contamination and the remains of recent life it contains. It transforms the mistakes of the past into valuable materials and proposes evolutionary steps for our species to live beyond waste.

Functionally Transformosphere creates an ecosystem of living technologies to extract valuable materials from the contaminants left behind by our ancestors and by us. Through an enhanced decay process, toxic matter becomes desirable. These living technologies, including plant science, synthetic biology and nanotechnology, present an alternative method of extracting environmental resources.

The Transformosphere uses the additional opportunities offered when mining resources from the Anthropoceme by also capturing the memories associated with the people that created this geological resource. As a result, the piece attaches an emotional memory to material as a memento that although mortal, our traces have the potential to transform the future.

Memory In The Matter

We leave behind a layer of dust through our everyday lives. This dust includes bits of us including hair and skin, alongside heavy metals and chemicals as a result of the debris of our activities. As an amalgamation of us and our surroundings, dust can also be deconstructed to reveal a memory of people, place and time.

Currently, a question hovers over the future of artists working in London: will dust be the only remnant of artists in the city with no space left to live and work?

We use the Transformosphere to recover valuable and useful materials from the traces left behind from artists studios in central London that are under threat from real-estate development. The Transformosphere recovers materials from the sites and creates a record of the disappearing activity.

The legacy of the artists studios where the Transformosphere sits is a rich sediment of lead and zinc oxide that are left behind from the materials used to create artworks. The extraction process and resulting materials collected from the dust create a memorial to the artists that once lived and worked in the city before their disappearance in the urban dynamism of transformation.




















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