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Jan 13, 2024 at 8:15 pm

Book Launch: Geologic Listening

Co-presented with Anthology Film Archives

Program 8:15p

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

We’re delighted to join hands with Anthology Film Archives to launch GEOLOGIC LISTENING, one of a series of four books that grows out of our UNDO Fellowship, in tandem with a run of Deborah Stratman’s stunning feature, Last Things!

GEOLOGIC LISTENING focuses on the monumental and expansive work of filmmaker Deborah Stratman and is edited by the brilliant Sukhdev Sandhu.

“Geology forces us to wrench ourselves away from the myopia of presentism, and to become time travelers…who fall to Earth. — Sukhdev Sandhu

Sandhu, in collaboration and conversation with Stratman, invited critical debates around the Anthropocene, monumentality, and the politics of audibility by turning to geology as an experimental pedagogy and an archive. Drawing on speculative fiction and forensic non-fiction, contributors extend Stratman’s long standing engagement with the politics of landscape and, collectively, ask:

How can we begin to formulate a progressive politics – or even a vision of the future – by listening to the Earth?

Kristen Gallerneaux
Leo Goldsmith
Helen GordonHugh Raffles
Ben Rivers
Aura Satz
Deborah Stratman
Sukhdev Sandhu
The Otolith Group

Come through to receive a signed copy of GEOLOGIC LISTENING and tune in to Deborah’s incredible film!

Note: There will be three screenings of Last Things on Jan 13 at Anthology, you can grab tickets here!


Last Things by Deborah Stratman

50 min, 16mm digital transfer, 2023

Evolution and extinction from the point of view of rocks and various future others. The geo-biosphere is introduced as a place of evolutionary possibility, where humans disappear but life endures.

Program Duration: 50 mins

Watch the conversation between Presenter1, Presenter2 and Presenter 3 on the UnionDocs’ Membership hub.


Deborah Stratman makes films and artworks that question power, control and belief, considering how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool, and time to be supernatural. Recent projects have addressed freedom, surveillance, broadcast, sinkholes, comets, raptors, orthoptera, levitation, exodus, evolution, sisterhood and faith. Stratman has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA (NY), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Hammer Museum (LA), Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), MCA (Chicago), Whitney Biennial (NY), Flaherty Seminar and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, Berlinale, CPH:DOX, True/False, Locarno and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Fellowships, an Alpert Award and grants from Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, Harpo Foundation and Wexner Center for the Arts. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

Sukhdev Sandhu is the author of London Calling: How Black and South Asian Writers Imagined A City (HarperCollins), I’ll Get My Coat (Book Works), Night Haunts (Verso), Other Musics (MoMA). His writings – on documentary and international film, experimental music, migrant aesthetics – have appeared in journals such as Film Comment, Frieze, Artforum, Art in America, The Wire, 4 Columns, The Guardian, and Suddeutsche Zeitung. He is an Associate Professor at New York University where he also directs the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture.

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Jan 13, 2024
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