The Sedgwick Tapes


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The first indication of life here on Earth was around four billion years ago. Over this enormous time period the Earth and life itself have undergone massive change but much of the evidence charting this is now lost. The rocks however, still form a huge, if somewhat fragmented database about our ancient world. We slowly learn to read this extraordinary resource, particularly through its geology and palaeontology. Helen Gilbart worked in conjunction with the earth scientists at Cambridge to explore the scientific research. The internationally renowned fossil collections at the University’s Sedgwick Museum were also pivotal in searching through this vast and shadowy narrative.

The Sedgwick Tapes is Gilbart's culminating body of work from her residency, continuing themes explored earlier in Beginnings. However, scientific chronology, taxonomy and strictures were abandoned to allow broader evolutionary questions to direct the work. Philosophical concerns about timescales, evidence, supposition and meaning became key to the work here.

See Beginnings for earlier work made during this residency.

2004 - 2010 Helen Gilbart