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What might become thinkable and possible if humans were to take up the geologic as our instructive co-designer—as a partner in designing thoughts, things, systems, and experiences?

Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth, Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life

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Book Launch: Making the Geologic Now

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00pm
Studio-X NYC, 180 Varick St., Suite 1610

Free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary.

Join us on Tuesday evening for the launch of Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, a collection of images and essays by more than 40 artists, designers, architects, scholars, and journalists, edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse.

Over drinks and snacks, we'll launch both the ebook (an open-source, free download from punctum books) and the interactive, online version of the book. The printed book also will be available for pre-order from punctumbooks.com, shipping in mid-December.

The evening will feature a brief introduction to the project from co-editors Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, followed by comments from contributors. Videos and images from the project will be on display, and Eileen Joy, director of punctum, will appear via Skype from Australia to speak about the spirit behind punctum books.

TOP IMAGE: Geologic disposal of nuclear waste, U.S. Department of Energy Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, photograph by Nicola Twilley for Venue.

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Back in February 2010, Studio-X NYC hosted the very first in a series of international conversations about food and the city, Foodprint NYC. The packed afternoon program featured four panels of speakers, from architects and urban planners to public health researchers and flavor scientists, in a lively and idea-filled look at the past, present and possible future of the New York foodscape. Now, on the eve of Foodprint LA, an edited transcript of Foodprint NYC has been published, and is available for purchase as a print-on-demand pamphlet here.

Featuring Amale Andraos, Sean Basinski, Joel Berg, Jonathan Bogarín, Marcelo Coelho, Nevin Cohen, Makalé Faber Cullen, Rebecca Federman, Stanley Fleishman, William Grimes, David Haskell, Annie Hauck-Lawson, Natalie Jeremijenko, Naa Oyo A. Kwate, David Sax, and Beverly Tepper.

There were very special structures in the late 1800s and early 20th century, called oyster barges, where oysters were brokered. They were two-story boats that were docked along the East River... The boats would supply from the waterside and the merchants would conduct business from the quay side. Annie Hauck-Lawson on that once quintessential indigenous New York food, the oyster, Edible Archaeology.

When you think about the kinds of things you can do on your computer in terms of design — simple things, like a Photoshop blur filter, for instance — it makes you wonder what a blur filter for food would be? What would it do and taste like? I think there’s a really exciting opportunity to give people the same sort of one-button design tools they have on their computer, but for food. Marcelo Coelho on his prototype 3D food printer, Feast, Famine, and Other Scenarios.

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Finally, don't forget that you can keep up with us online at studioxnyc.com or via Twitter, @studioxnyc. You can also follow our mobile interview pop-up project, Venue, as we visit subterranean cable sheaves in San Francisco, offshore stilt communities in Miami, and more, at v-e-n-u-e.com and on Twitter @venueproject.

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