Meike Nixdorf: Your Earth Transforms
Project Statement:Every year, the Alps rise by an average of one to two millimeters — a transformation not visible to our eyes, nor physically noticeable. What does this say about our perception?
The project “Your Earth Transforms” is a visual and philosophical approach to the notion of our (non)perception of very slow change. It focuses on visualizing transformations of the earth’s crust that have taken place over the past million years, while also pointing toward a potentially increasing activity of the crust caused by the effects of climate change.
Based on 3D-renderings by Google Earth from various satellite imagery, the project shows details from different mountain ranges in the Alps, the Cascade Range, the Rocky Mountains, the Himalayas, the Karakoram and the Hawaiian Islands. The images display their respective shape at a certain point of time — a frozen moment, yet there is a sense of change and movement.
The earth’s crust — a combination of solid rocks — might seem safe and stable. Yet it is sensitive, affected by constant movement and transformations. Changes we don’t physically perceive can easily be overlooked. It is a matter of perception, but even more so, a matter of awareness. There is no status quo. The earth — our world — is in a perpetual state of flux.