Speculative Geology

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