Carbon Topologies

Atmospheric Research Collective

12 October 2022

3D Print laser sintering, video 47.958 x 50 x 47.458 cm, vol. 49653.432 cm3

Carbon Topologies is a three-dimensional planetary mapping of the locations, amounts and flows of CO2 resulting from the activity of the global economy from the 1970s to the present. It shows how we can read planetary inequalities through data mapped on the planetary surface. The model captures what is normally invisible, mining data describing fossil fuel emissions, energy use, manufacturing, transport, travel and food production. Crustal geologies, scars, ridges and archipelagos of carbon production describe a planetary condition catastrophically subject to unsustainable patterns of consumption and extractivist economics.