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Experimentum

Experimentum marvels at the loftiness of a 17th-century European polymath’s mind whilst being grounded in Oakland’s quotidian.

Each hexagonal page has a photograph of an East Bay MUD (Municipal Utility District) water access cover from my neighborhood in Oakland. The other side has a letterpress printed image from Mundus Subterraneus. Kircher’s 1665 diagrams and Latin text record his understanding of the forces of nature seething beneath the earth’s surface; the artist’s photos capture a sliver of the membrane between her and the unseen.
Edition of 10.
Dimensions
Closed: 4.25 x 3.75 x .25 inches
Open: 10.75 x 11.25 x .125 inches