Sand is a finite resource, and demand for sand for use in construction is rapidly accelerating. Our cities are built of sand, and will one day return to sand. In the meantime, increasingly intensive sand mining is leading to environmental degradation, violence, and major geopolitical disputes. The movement of sand from one site to another creates an absence in one place, a presence in another. A void and a form. Balance disrupted. What would happen if these processes were slowed, suspended or stopped? This series of olfactory works is intended to invite a reconsideration the materialities of contemporary urban futures and the geo-politics of sand.
A 'Creating Earth Futures' Leverhulme funded commission from the Geohumanities department of Royal Holloway University. The work is part of a larger 'Harena' project, a collaboration with Cultural Geographer Julian Brigstocke.