Commemorative blue plaque

Installation, Birmingham School of Art, 2017

Frequent scientific warnings about leaving the Holocene geological epoch seem intangible because actual unprecedented problems are not addressed by hegemonic powers. This piece imagines a tangible cultural response to honour our altered world and connect past, present and future environmental change. A bland epitaph on a blue plaque commemorates the vanishing of profound eras of earth’s history and the extinction of billions of populations of animals: “Here we commemorate the passage from the Holocene (11,700 years ago) to the Anthropocene, and that’s all”. The desultory framing sidesteps hard questions of culpability, impact on marginalised communities and intergenerational and interspecies justice.

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