Twelve Earths’ vast size and careful multi-sited exploration calls upon many minds to achieve a psychogeographic examination of this scale and complexity. Stretching traditional project authorship to its limits, Twelve Earths proposes a set of open-textured questions as to how an artwork might come to live in the world while helping catalyze new forms of planetary thinking.

Acting in concert with Michael Jones McKean is an international cadre of thinkers and practitioners from the biosciences, arts, linguistics, philosophy, history, business, technology and philanthropy who have come together to explore the connections and disconnections between the geographical and ecological, human and non-human, and deep historical time and speculative futures.

MICHAEL JONES MCKEAN (b. Micronesia, lives/works US and France) is a recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award, a Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The MacDowell Colony, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York City. McKean’s work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. He is a Contributing Editor of Art Papers and is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sculpture + Extended Media Department where he has taught since 2006.

FATHOMERS, founded in 2016, is a creative research institute in Los Angeles dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. As the successor organization to Grand Arts, the influential project space in Kansas City, Mo., that sunset in 2015, Fathomers enlists expansive thinkers across disciplines to redefine the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects. We do this because we value discoveries made absent predetermined outcomes, and we believe in the power of the realized dream as a test site and model for visionary change.

With special thanks to:

Peter Aaslestad
Ember Ashley
Priest Fontaine Batten
Daniel Klaas Beckwith
Ahmed Best 
Damian Bradfield
Lonny J. Avi Brooks
Mikey Cabezas
Jackson Cantor  
Jeremiah Chiu
Elise Co
Milton Croissant
Pete Czernin
Ryan David
Eric Dobbins
Annie Fischer
Margaret Hall Silva
Rachel Hahn
M. Hill
Bailey James
David Kim
Jaco Klok
Melissa Lo
Saki Mafundikwa
Molly Martien
Laura McAdams
Lucas McGowan 
Sean Graybill McKean
Bernard K. Means
Elizabeth Metzger 
Umico Niwa
Sarah Conley Odenkirk
Preggnant Agency
Martin Pommeranz
Yonatan Rosen
Bridget D. Samuels
Peat Szilagyi
Stefan Sheercock
Safiya Sinclair
Stacy Switzer
Nina Tandon
Charlie Tatum
Nato Thompson
Shannon Thompson
Andrew Torrance
Perrin Turner
Chinelo Ufondu
John VandenBrooks
Jessy Van Horn
Rosten Woo
Lacey Wozny
Marc Yearsley
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Additionally, Twelve Earths has received generous support from a number of organizations, including special thanks to: