Shahar Livne | Deep Time
By combining plastic fragments with minerals and placing them under heat and pressure to simulate the Earth’s geological processes, Shahar Livne’s Metamorphism investigates the nature of emerging materials at a time when plastic has become part of the planet’s stratigraphy.
This chapter of the ongoing research “Metamorphism”, called “Deep Time”, reflects on the notion of plastic as a nonbiodegradable “hyper object” that functions outside of the cycles of life and death. Showing a layered clock that moves freely backward and forward, not committing to the human notion of time. The clock, and the installation it was part of, a commission for “Design at Large Elements Earth” in Design Miami Basel 2019, is a reflection object designed to show time and its effects are different in certain contexts, human, natural, geological, and universal. The transformation of materials, such as plastic is such long scaled that it will survive way beyond humanity.