Region: North America, Space
Sub-Concepts: Surface, Debris, Erosion, The Underneath
Description: Photographer David Maisel releases book titled Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime

They appear as hallucinatory vistas, these sites of devastated terrain: thus the earth betrays its commitment to solidity, and fractures the once-unified ground (the dust cannot be trusted). From an inhuman floating vantage, we are made to stare upon the surface now opening beyond recognition, and this aerial perception allows us to detect an irreversible thrust toward debris and cracked axes: deforested realms; excavated pits and mines; erosion patterns; seismic tremors; plane-shifting; dirt-in-upheaval; barrenness; aridity; harsh soil; the uninhabitable. There is almost something whimsical in each armageddon-scene, these serrated lines that form no path or sequence (only vagueness). Planetary havoc; badlands. Thought must therefore adjust itself to the geo-existential uneven, and walk along the compromised scaffolding of the underneath (that there is nothing secure below us).


Jason Mohaghegh