Earth Now

Earth Now, 2018. Digital printing on fabric, 10 pieces, 780 x 2,080 mm each. Exhibited in Elephant in the Room, a 7½ project curated by Oh Sunyoung and presented at Jakarta History Museum, 2–31 October 2018.

These flags depict a cacophonous landscape of the earth’s languages. The white-noise-like image collapses the words in 145 different languages that mean “now”: from the Spanish “ahora” to the Chinese “现在,” or from the Afrikaans “nou” to the Zulu “manje.” “Now” — the word and the idea — is interesting as it suggests the speaker’s intimate relation to her or his time, while the meaning is often vague outside a specific context. We think it captures something about how we occupy our history, concretely and indeterminably.

Photo courtesy of 7½