Rachel Sussman: The Oldest Living Things in the World
PioneerWorks Center for Art and Innovation
September 13-November 2, 2014
Since 2004, Rachel Sussman has worked with scientists, traveling all over the world to discover organisms 2,000 years and older. In her current project at PioneerWorks, The Oldest Living Things in the World, she explores the relation between art and science by recording effects of climate change over the years. Starting at “year zero”, she takes steps backwards in time and compares it to the fleeting present. Her photographic portraits of ancient “survivors” correlate with the physiology of nature that she wishes for us to internalize. Under each photograph, she includes in her own hand writing where she found the location and how old it truly is. She asks us the question, how will we take the history of the past and apply it to our future?