by Pauline Alt
Are we part of nature?
This speculative design project is about the human impact on earth.
In an imagined future, novel rocks – originating from human activity – will be mined.
Three material samples foster speculation about potential future substances: Are they “natural” or “artificial” materials?
In a number of experiments I generated rock strata out of the most distinctive artificial materials of our time: plastics, aluminium and concrete.
The resulting artificial rock samples represent the geological formation process of metamorphic, magmatic and sedimentary rocks.
Sample No.1: The metamorphic rock
Sample No. 2: The sedimentary rock
Sample No. 3: Magmatic rocks