A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting. New Orleans Collection. 9.12/6002-21 Image: Fredrik Nilsen
Contributed by: Pleasur'ne Thomas, Monique Dean, Tyjunaique McKenzie, Wynell Davis, LaShine Dickerson, Milissa Orzolek
The archive is a growing collection of items contributed from places that may disappear owing to the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, including glacial melting, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and desertification. Through common but differentiated collections, contributed materials form an archive of the future anterior; what will have been. The materials in the archive mark the asymmetry of present or anticipated loss, standing in as proxies for the contributors' recognition of the geopolitical production (or spatial politics) of precarity and slow-onset dispossession. Together, the contributions form one material record among many, a collection of community-gathered evidence, a public record, and a midden.
The archive operates from the principle that any thing is equally valuable as a record of present or projected future disappearance of a place, as chosen by someone there. A contribution doesn't have to originate from that location - it can be anything that happens to be there, including detritus, flotsam or jetsam. As of 2016, the archive contains contributions from Anvers Island (Antarctica), Cape Verde, Greenland, Kivalina (Alaska), Nepal, New Orleans, New York City, Panama, Peru, Senegal, and Tuvalu.
A People's Archive invites contributors to an archive to be comprised of objects sent by people living in places where climate change is implicated in either current or future disappearance. More information about where to send contributions is at www.sinkingandmelting.org
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
1 CHOOSE an item
Any item is equally valuable as a record of a sinking or melting place, as contributed by someone who lives there. Your contribution can be something natural, manufactured, found, made, or discarded, including trash. It doesn't have to originate from that place–it can be anything that is there. Your contribution will be archived with the information you send about it and the location's UNFCCC Party Grouping (provided).
2 FILL OUT the contribution form below and email it to: registrar (at) sinkingandmelting.org
Latitude/Longitude (if available):
Location is Sinking / Melting (choose one):
Images (optional/attach any 7MB .jpg or smaller images):
3 MAIL your contribution to:
A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting
2136 Fell Street - Apt. 301
San Francisco, CA
4 ADD an interview (optional)
Please answer the below if you'd like to provide an interview to accompany the online archive and for possible publication:
Do you live where the object came from? If not, what is your relationship to that place?
What have you seen disappear, or expect to disappear, environmentally or otherwise? What do those disappearances mean?
What's your relationship to the object(s) you contributed?
Why did you contribute to the archive? What do you hope for your contribution, and the archive generally, to change or draw attention to?
CONTRIBUTORS (As of 2016)
Jose Ramon Castelrau and his grandson
Vreni Michelini Castillo
Ole Jørgen Hammeken
Jesus Landin-Torrez III
Malte RoloffMalte Roloff (2012)
Olga Kopenkina (2014-15)