Nicholas Mangan
A World Undone

reddish grey dust airborne in front of a black backdrop
Nicholas Mangan, A World Undone, 2012. HD video, silent; 12 minutes. Video still courtesy of the artist.

For A World Undone, Nicholas Mangan gathered a small sample of Zircon from the Jack Hills in Western Australia and filmed it airborne at 1/100th speed. Zircon is a material commonly used in uranium dating, and samples from the Jack Hills have been dated at 4.4 Billion years old, making it the oldest known portion of the Earth’s crust (the Earth is believed to be 4.5 Billion years old).

Artist bio:

Nicholas Mangan (born 1979) lives and works in Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include Ancient Lights, Chisenhale Gallery London, Other Currents Artspace Sydney. Art in the Age of…, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Anthropocene Moment, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (both 2015); Octopus, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Concrete, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (all 2014). He participated in the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New York; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (both 2013).