oldest living things: la llareta #0308-23b26 (up to 3,000 years old, atacama desert, chile) © rachel sussman

Rachel Sussman is a Brooklyn-based artist who has been photographing organisms around the world that have been continuously alive a minimum of 2,000 years.

FOP had the opportunity to talk with Rachel in New York in early December. We discussed how the ‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ (OLTW) project has changed her relationship with time, how process factors into the project, the growing sense that more contemporary artists are taking up “the geologic” in their work, and how such aesthetic practices might boost human evolutionary capacities for sensing geologic time.

Rachel recently presented at TEDGlobal and the Long Now Foundation. She has also received grants from AOL Artists and the West Collection, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, and is fiscally sponsored by Brooklyn Arts Council.




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