What is the human influence on the evolutionary development of mineral formation? Based on scientific research that the surge in mineral diversity over the past fifty years can be attributed to man, Future Remnants combines speculative design with chemistry experiments and material research to give us a glimpse into our future landscape. Man is responsible for a large scale redistribution of matter, creating situations that lead to unintended and unexpected reactions. Using only widely available metals and solutions, applied in everyday life, Xandra van der Eijk demonstrates how credible the alteration of earth’s geology by mankind is while raising the question on what will emerge from our actions in deep time. Steel, aluminium, zinc, and copper objects have been exposed to low chemical household solutions (car battery fluid, all-purpose cleaners,…) from a minimum of two days to a maximum of seven days.
Creating a large diversity in beautiful patterns, crystals, and colours within this extremely short time span, the project evokes and juxtaposes a sense of worry and hope. If such effects can be reached with chemicals considered relatively safe and harmless, what is already happening in the landscape and under the earth’s surface as a result of much larger scale chemical waste dumping?