Material Delineations of the Present

Whether microplastics in bodies of water and organisms, the introduction of neobiota into new environment or the accumulation of radionuclides from nuclear weapons tests, every anthropogenic marker has a political, technological and ecological history behind it.

Developed from the online publication Anthropogenic Markers, eight sessions in three stages examine how a particular chemical or biological fingerprint becomes a demarcation for the new geological epoch of the Anthropocene.

Researchers of the Anthropocene Working Group, humanities scholars and artists provide insight into the practice of “Anthropocene forensics.” The talks explore the data analysis methods and dating techniques employed to separate the individual signal from the noise as well as the laboratory practices that lie behind the chain of evidence for the Anthropocene.