Hard/drive, in part, is a conjecture on complex ecologies, contouring the relation between PDC drill bits (that bore hard rock to allow fossil fuel extraction), Teredo navalis (shipworms), trade routes, power, tech, economics, phallocentrism, extinction and crude oil (formed from dead sea creatures and plankton). Hard/drive cultivates a scientific imperative - holding interconnectedness as everything - as the precursor to life. Within this complexly interwoven system, arguably the biggest cost to environment is owed to the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, and Hard/drive formed around this - examining the scientific, political, economic and social conditions of it - to draw on these entangled relations.
'Inspired by the head of the shipworm which could bore through ships' timbers, Marc Brunel, in 1818, patented a tunnelling shield made from iron.'
Of course, animals, plants, human, rock, simple and complex organisms, the whole industrial predicate, are co-dependent conditions to climate. So Hard/drive follows this shared ecology - the human process of accelerated ‘civilisation’ from the use of techno-tools and their ensuing ecocidal effects. Through a gender conscious-lens, the website journals systems that suck and those that support, and, offline, Hard/drive looks to create the latter - ‘Pairing systems so that they have to behave’. Symbiosis - specifically mutual aid - is key. The 'long' in belong is duration through time, 'Measure things in generations, not quarters.'