Twelve Earths takes shape through the collective work of many minds. Stretching traditional project authorship to its limits, the project proposes a collection of questions as to how an artwork might come to live in the world while helping to catalyze new forms of planetary thinking.
Acting in concert with artist Michael Jones McKean is an international cadre of thinkers and practitioners from the sciences, arts, linguistics, philosophy, history, business, technology, and philanthropy, who have come together to explore the connections and disconnections between the geographical and ecological, human and non-human, and deep historical time and speculative futures.
Michael Jones McKean
Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976 Micronesia, lives/works in the US and France) has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Core Program; the International Studio and Curatorial Program; the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program’; the MacDowell Colony’; the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, among many others. He is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sculpture + Extended Media Department; a Contributing Editor for Art Papers; and the Artist-in-Residence of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, the Museu de Leiria, and the Centro de Interpretação do Abrigo do Lagar Velho.
Fathomers, founded in 2016, is a Los Angeles-based creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. They nurture the ideas of die-hard dreamers, cultivate projects whose horizons span decades, and enlist expansive thinkers across disciplines. In all their work, they aspire to enlarge the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects.