Ruins in reverse
The image was created responding to the prototype book: ‘Azimuth, The Ecology of the Ear’ by Patrick Farmer. The text is a creative essay that analyses the different parts of the ear as sites of sound making references to cosmology, quantum theory and physiology. The text puts the human aside to trace back the genealogy of each different part of the ear throughout multiple geological periods. The title of the work uses Smithson’s (1967) analysis of architecture, ‘Ruins in reverse’ refers to a perspective of the world as a mass of matter ordered by entropic processes which unfolds to human perception in the experience of time. Similarly to some fossilization processes, the photo-etching process operates as a method of earthly archiving and sedimentary unearthing of information. The mediation of the matrix reshapes the memory that always surfaces differently.