Naomi White

Time Capsules from the Anthropocene

Time Capsules from the Anthropocene

Laws, societal norms, and culture in the Anthropocene view nature only in relation to how it serves humanity. Today, animals and their environments have no legal rights of their own, unless the extinction of animals, forests or oceans affects humans.

The effects of our species are written into the rocks. Rocks are the black boxes, databases, cameras, recording our maniacal drive towards extinction. These pictures are visual constructions of what data might look like and say about this moment on earth.

"The Anthropocene is a sensorial phenomenon - the experience of living in an increasingly diminished and toxic world."1 Capitalism is accelerating climate change through its inequity, patriarchy and dominance thinking, where violence grows and resources are scarce. This stress influences us in everything we do and see. This work calls for consideration of new approaches, new perceptions, new ways of talking about and meeting the challenges of our time.


1. Davis, Heather & Etienne Turpin. “Art and Dearth,”Art in the Anthropocene, edited by Heather Davis & Etienne Turpin, Open Humanities Press, 2015, p.6.

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