In about 5 billion years the Sun is expected to become a red giant that will expand to engulf the Earth, wiping out all life. Within the next 15,000 years, the precession of the Earth’s poles may move the North African Monsoon far enough north to transform the Sahara Desert into a tropical rainforest. Shifting baselines over the last two centuries have masked rapid declines in biodiversity and an accelerating climate crisis. In contrast, today, the decisions that define our worlds are limited by political terms, news cycles, and quarterly profits – facilitated by accelerating technologies and challenged by shortening attention spans. However, what if we collectively commit to dimensions of time, energy, and distance outside of our current understanding? How could these alternative perspectives reshape our worlds?
Supra Scalar, the fourth issue of TESTING-GROUND, explores landscapes at extremes of time and space. Questioning the knowledge and methodologies needed to engage with unfamiliar temporalities, with landscapes beyond conventional lines of sight, and with worlds accepted as less-than-human.
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