LIGHTSCAPES / 21 February to 18 June 2017 at Rodda Lane
Empire of Dirt is a site-responsive research project and public artwork located in Rodda Lane, engaging both the public space and the Rodda Lane LIGHTSCAPES . Geurts' work proposes a future archaeology, looking at the new hybrid biology of the current epoch we are living in, the Anthropocean era.
Empire of Dirt is a site-responsive research project made in collaboration with Dist. Prof Andy Ball: Centre for Environment, Sustainability and Remediation.
Empire of Dirt imagines how microbiology might develop in the future to adapt to changing environmental conditions caused by Anthroprogenic activity (i.e. through human induced pollution).
The concept of the project draws directly form a soil sample taken from the RMIT research site of Rodda Lane. Under a microscope the sample revealed the complex process of microorganisms as they deal with pollutants introduced into the soil.
This series of light box works features drawings produced during fieldwork on site combined with modified imagery produced in the laboratory context. These works are aligned with a temporary public sculpture being installed in Rodda Lane. The works create a narrative of how future microbiological insects in the RMIT zone have evolved and transformed the soil fabric into giant complex living structures, similar to the great termite mounds of the Northern Territory.
Empire of Dirt, has been developed in partnership with Wonderment Walk Victoria, CAST, Carbon Arts and the NAS Urban Animators:Living Laboratory and explores art, science, and the nature of construction excavation.