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The Oldest Living Things in the World

Part of Among the Trees

Hear artist Rachel Sussman discuss her decade-long project to find and photograph the oldest living organisms on earth – among them a 9,550-year old spruce growing in Fulufjället, Sweden.

Sussman’s project, The Oldest Living Things in the World, spans disciplines, continents and millennia.

While testifying to the resilience and beauty of living organisms, the project also exposes the precarious circumstances that all life forms endure in the face of the climate crisis.

Rachel Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker.

Through her various projects, she collaborates with scientists and organisations such as SpaceX, NASA, and CERN.

Funding provided by the United States Government.

Dates & times

6 May 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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