Human activities are becoming a geological agent, irreversibly changing the composition of the earth’s crust. Economic interests are sedimented into geological factors.
Due to the human body’s production of stone (gallstones, as well as stones in the bladder, the urinary tract, and the kidneys) we also become geological sites—producers for new, inorganic landmass. But these minerals are not only formed within living organisms: they also crystallize outside bodies, through rock formation processes, thus questioning relationships with our anthropocene1 environment.
Are we more closely related to limestone caves than we might think?
In order to unsettle the boundaries between inside and outside, culture and nature, human and non-human, the internet is used as »body-stone mine.« People who have posted their body stones online were asked to cooperate on the sculpture series LÍTHOS. Like geologists, they are were invited, as designated vegetative form- givers, to name the sculptures of which they had becomame a partpart of.
1 - According to atmospheric researcher Paul Crutzen and biologist Eurgen F. Stoermer, a new epoch has already begun: the age of the human-made: the Anthropocene.