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questions, the book and attendant exhibi-

and created the footprint of the Sudbury

tion Stainlessness advance a tendentious

Basin astrobleme. To understand the

history of architecture, extraction, and

Anthropocene, we must first begin to grasp

cultural memory as they persist in Sudbury,

the force of the human. We must begin to

Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

think the magnitude of human impact and the oblique but undeniable consequences

In the book, I first develop a tendentious

for our biological species-being as it mani-

history of the Sudbury Basin, where the

fests a geological reformation; in order to

world’s most strategic nickel deposit is

do so, several problematic assumptions

mined along the irruptive rim of a massive

must be laid to rest.

for the production stainless steel. Through

First, despite the frequent knowledge

a reading of the denuded landscape of

claims of architects regarding reasonability

the Basin and its toxicosis, as well as the

or rationality, the overall activity of the

surface level dispersion of steel that it

human species is entirely acephalic; that is,

permits by way of mineralization processes

the aggregate impact of human actions on


astrobleme to be converted into an additive

American Hole Wizard An industrial drill press worker on the assembly line

in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, we enlabor unrest, and aesthetic meditation (in the sense Georges Bataille, following Nietzsche, gives to the term). As we become entangled in these questions, we can begin


counter questions of cosmic contingency,

to reconsider the legacy of labor in the anthropocene and its modulation of our most pernicious cultural value—stainlessness—by reading both the remainders and erasures of refinement. In order to do so, the book suggests that we first locate the site of our inquiry within the broader logic of modern industrial activity. The pseudonymously named force most commonly known as Homo sapiens is expanding its territory of influence, or—perhaps more correctly—that force is beginning to recognize its reflection within the expanded field of its operations. No longer confined to the organic register of biology—although by no means freed from it as a limit condition—humans are a geologic force with an impact comparable to that that struck the earth nearly two billion years ago during the Paleoproterozoic era


caused by the bolide (i.e. a fireball-asteroid)

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