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Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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Steve Rowell

Un/Learning Archives in the Age of the Sixth Extinction


In collaboration with Priyanka Basu.
Congress and Public Program: March 24-26, 2022
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

It is complex and potentially fraught to think of landscapes as and with the concept of archives, but this is what we set out to do when conceiving of and planning our workshop Un-/Learning Archives in the Age of the Sixth Extinction for the Whole Life Academy Berlin, part of the Haus der Kulturen Welt’s multi-year project exploring archives. We were combining our interests as an art historian working on archival practices of contemporary artists and filmmakers and an artist who deals with landscape and has worked with archival concepts and formats in proposing a workshop dealing with archives as related to overlapping sites of nature/culture, climate change, deep time, and the built environment.

Made possible with support from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

What knowledge is needed to make these archives legible?

Does that knowledge exist in official archives, or does the “official” and “representational” character of archiving render illegible those nontraditional archives that don’t consider as a priori the separation of humans and non-humans?

Can interactions with nontraditional archives rebuild the archive as a non-imperial institution?

A workshop and fieldwork project as part of the The Whole Life Academy Berlin, scheduled for Fall 2021 online and March 2022 in Berlin at the Haus der Kulteren der Welt This workshop examines archives as related to natural sites, the built environment, climate change, and deep time.


Sites of Interest
  • Museum of Natural History Berlin
  • The Seed Bank of the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin
  • silent green Kulturquartier, Film Feld Forschung
  • Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
  • Teufelsberg