San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Long Now Foundation welcomes author/photographer Rachel Sussman to
PLEASE NOTE: This talk is at an early time on Friday, June 13th
Doors at 4:30pm; talk begins at 5:00pm
Please allow extra time for parking as Fridays at Fort Mason are busy.
A reception and book-signing will follow the talk
Almost a decade ago Rachel Sussman started a quest to do something no scientist or artist had done before: document the world's oldest living things. Her study of ‘global species longevity’, as she came to call it, led her all over the planet.
The fruition of that quest is the book The Oldest Living Things in the World, released earlier this year and already a New York Times Best Seller. It features photos and essays on organisms that have lived longer than 2000 years. A trained visual artist, Rachel collaborated with biologists who were authorities on the thirty organisms she documents. Her essays also convey her personal journey in traveling the world to make the book. From the Amazon.com description:
Alongside the photographs, Sussman relays fascinating – and sometimes harrowing – tales of her global adventures tracking down her subjects and shares insights from the scientists who research them. The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future.
Reviews of The Oldest Living Things in the World:
The Oldest Living Things in the World adds in dramatic manner a fascinating new perspective—literally, dinosaurs—of the living world around us
— Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
Sussman's ten-year investigation of the symbols of the earth's ecology is rigorous and exploratory, realized with such generosity to the reader and her ambitions make an impossibly vast subject both felt and understood
— Charlotte Cotton, curator & author
With vision and dedicated persistence — think of a hip, female Shackelton — she has tracked down and brought these organisms to our awareness in lush photographs (taken with 6x7 film camera) and vivid text
— Adam Harrison Levy, Design Observer
Longevity means continuity. Long-lived people connect generations for us. Really long-lived organisms, like the ones Sussman has magnificently collected photographically, connect millennia. They put all of human history in living context. And as Sussman shows, they are everywhere on Earth. This book embodies the Long Now and the Big Here. -- Stewart Brand, co-founder of Long Now
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Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her photographs and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and is a MacDowell Colony and NYFA Fellow, as well as a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and acquired for museum, university, corporate, and private collections. She spoke in Long Now's Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) series in 02010.
Photo of Rachel Sussman by Laura Holder
When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.