The Short Forever

Title

The Short Forever

Date

October 20 – November 10, 2017

Creator

A collaboration between Phoebe Chin, Andrew Yang, Jeremy Bolen, and Kayla Anderson.

Description

A notion:

We have entered a new geological period - the Anthropocene - in which human activity is the dominating biogeochemical force on the planet. Through trash, radiation, dust, plastic and so many other means we’ve inscribed ourselves into that large archival and encyclopedic volume called Earth.

And so this particular now becomes now forevermore, unerasable punctuation that irrevocably alters the meaning of every word within the larger planetary text. The Yangtze river dolphin, smallpox, the dodo, polar bear, passenger pigeon, Tasmanian wolf, Neanderthal – so many sharp exclamat!ons followed by  par(e)nth(e)ticals,  some trapped and others newly absent  (  ), ((   )),  ( --- )  :(      

How are we to classify what was, what is, and what will be in the mess of nature-turned-culture-turned-future?

From 1952 to 1959 “Animal, Mineral, Or Vegetable?” was a popular BBC quiz show, a television version of the traditional parlor game. The objects in question came from famous museums and collections and expert archaeologists and historians were set to puzzle on the what any given thing “was.”  Seeming versus being, origins and unoriginals.

You are an animal! (but really you are) – a cousin of the pheasant, ancient fish, and the abalone too. Maybe it is extra effort to think of yourself as a plant, but if you were raised in the United States on a typical modern diet, then over 50% of the carbon that makes up your body found its way to you by corn - syruped, popped, or hamburgered. As for mineral, the iron of blood and calcium of bones say it all. 

Anything is everything else mixed together and life is a lived hybridity. The blurry boundlessness that congeals into an identity for a meanwhile is carved out with the knives of races, classes, teams, nations, sexes, first names, and fan clubs.  We keep track now only with the guarantee that all tracks will be lost later; thank metabolism, and thank entropy too.  All of our things are cataloged in the library of the short forever.

Table Of Contents

Unresolved

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3. Box book: time, Amara Leipzig, 103.54

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10. 

11. 

12. 

13. All the Stories, Dora García, Z27.42

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Animal

1. 

2.  

3. Codex Seraphinianus, Luigi Serafini, RA 1.194

4. 

5. 

6. Things Get in You, Megan Diddie, 31.27

7. 

8. 

9. 

10. 

11. The Time is Now, Melody Sumner, 101.5 (Storage)

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13. 

14. MB_Matrix Botanica: Non-Human Persons, Melanie Bonajo, 40.45

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16. 

17. Dark Continent, Tom Gleeson, 8.43

18. A Thing Called Time, Julieta Aguinaco & Iván Martinez, 10.31

19. 

Vegetable

1. Defective Carrots, Tim Smyth, 98.19

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13.

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17. Every Artificial Plant and Flower in my Mother’s House, Jessica Taylor, 5400.8

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19. 

20. Pollinate/Pollute, Megan Diddie, RA 2.496

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Mineral

1. Book of Dust: The Beginning and the End of Time and Thereafter, Agnes Denes, RA 2.552

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. Observations of Foreign Objects in a Remote Town, Benjamin Freedman, RA 2.752

6. 

7. MINE. an Asset-light existence, Romy Kießling and Veronica Wüst, 95.98

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11. Intruders : reflections on art and the ethnological museum, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, ABR/REF N72.A56 I58 2004

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19. Ray, Susanne Kriemann, 3.66

20. In the Unrelenting Light at the Edge of Conscience, Ann Tyler, RA 3.165

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Collection

Citation

A collaboration between Phoebe Chin, Andrew Yang, Jeremy Bolen, and Kayla Anderson., “The Short Forever,” SAIC Flaxman Library & Special Collection Exhibitions, accessed January 19, 2018, http://flaxman.omeka.net/items/show/195.