Rare Earth is an try to outline the spirit of an age. Exploring how lately’s myths, identities, and cosmologies relate to present advances in era―via connection with the fabric basis to our so much evolved guns and gear; a category of seventeen Uncommon earth parts from the periodic desk―Rare Earth demanding situations the rhetoric of immateriality related to our hypermodern situation.

Rare earth parts are the sport-converting basis of our so much robust innovations, are basic to Latest accoutrements similar to cellphones, iPods and iPads, liquid crystal shows, LEDs, mild bulbs, CDs and DVDs. Incessantly defined as struggle fabrics as a result of the restricted collection of simply available mines, they’re additionally necessary to weapon programs used for cyber-conflict, clinical applied sciences (together with MRI scanning apparatus), hybrid cars, wind generators, and different inexperienced power programs. As a result, Uncommon earth parts play an expanding position in international affairs and tool innovations that facilitate our converting self-symbol―giving delivery to lately’s emergent myths and identities.

Rare Earth grounds our abnormal, apparently weightless cultural second. Whilst we Would possibly layout our applied sciences, those gear and guns form us in flip. It’s going to appear that we dream the Latest into lifestyles, however most likely Uncommon earth parts are dreaming via us. After the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, that is the age of Uncommon Earth.

Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Artwork Latest, Vienna at the instance of the exhibition “Uncommon Earth,” February 19–Would possibly 31, 2015, with works by way of Iain Ball, Erick Beltrán, Julian Charriere, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Camille Henrot, Roger Hiorns, Marguerite Humeau, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Oliver Laric, Ursula Mayer, The Otolith Workforce, Katie Paterson, Charles Stankievech, Suzanne Treister, Ai Weiwei, Guan Xiao, Arseniy Zhilyaev

Iain Ball, Erick Beltrán, Jane Bennett, Benjamin H. Bratton, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Erik Davis, John Durham Peters & Paul Feigelfeld, Mircea Eliade, Boris Groys, Marguerite Humeau, Timothy Morton & Emilija Skarnulyte, Boris Ondreicka, The Otolith Workforce, Jussi Parikka, Matteo Pasquinelli, Nadim Samman, Charles Stankievech