Milah van Zuilen
WdKA — Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Will the Earth's future be untangled? Will it be cultivated? Will it be wild? Will it be monocultural? Will it have diversity? Will it be round? Will it be square? Will it be true? Will it be real? Will it make sense? Will it be digital? Will it be pixelated? Will it be fragmented? Will it be human? Terrafuturism imagines Earth’s future through nonsensical, pseudo-scientific fieldwork. Leaves are collected and dried, then cut into squares and neatly arranged into a grid. Grid-shaped structures are used to impose an anthropocentric order onto the landscape. They appear in taxonomy and cartography, but also physically in the landscape through agricultural land use. Terrafuturism investigates the contradiction between nature’s complexity and people’s urge to untangle and neatly arrange.