HOW MIGHT tracing° Our pastS onto the present AFFECT HOW we navigate the future?

Biologist E. O. Wilson, “traced° the birth of ‘modern humanity,’ to a moment “about ten thousand years ago with the invention of agriculture. The economic history that followed,” he stated, “can be summarized very succinctly as follows: people used every means they could devise to convert the resources of Earth into wealth.” Today, the migration, allocation, and accumulation of wealth is transforming our Earth. And fundamentally altering our lives. Yet, the relational complexities and transactional costs of this phenomena—affectionately referred to as "development"—are often cloaked in our everyday. There are few places where this paradox is more pronounced than the U.S. and China.

Traces: Navigating the Frontlines of Climate Change is not an exhibition, it's a call to action. A call that traverses 4,000 centuries of civilization, 11,468 kilometers and 1 ocean to bring individuals along the banks of NYC's East River in communion with China's Qinghai-Tibetan plateau...and thousands at the People's Climate March.

Traces: Navigating the Frontlines of Climate Change feat. the photography of Ian Teh. Installation designed by Kiersten Nash in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation (MF) & ChinaFile. Audio collected by Ian Teh, designed by Jun Mizumachi, and composed by Ben Sollee. Fabrication in partnership with Jon Pope & Noah Pivnick. Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 18-28 September 2014. Documentation courtesy of MF & Laura Peterson. the madness which interrupts it, a work of art opens a void, a moment of silence, a question without answer,provokes a breach without reconciliation where the world is forced to question itself.

Michel Foucault
Madness & Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason



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Osnos, Evan. "Ian Teh’s Changed Chinese Landscapes." The New Yorker. Condé Nast, 27 Sept. 2014.

"In Conversation With Ian Teh." Interview by Ana Phelan. IndyKids: A Free Paper For Kids, By Kids. IndyKids, 24 Oct. 2014.