The Midden is just published by Garret Publications, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi. It builds on the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology project. It includes essays by Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jussi Parikka, Jenni, and myself, and two short texts by future fiction writer, Emmi Itaranta. The design is by Serge Rompza at NODE Berlin Oslo.
Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in these suspenseful, lyrical tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as spitting fish, inking squids and singing whales, and above all, they are inspired by water itself.
The art and writing workshops in this book engage creatively and playfully with the possibility that we may be living with more water in the future. The topic of water is explored through writing and art exercises that include aquatic biomimicry inventions, writing with maps, drawing inspirations from Vikings and taking watery words on adventures.
The water you drink has been through the bladder of a Tyrannosaurus rex and many other places. The water on Earth is 4.4 billion years old and came here from outer space. The octopus has three hearts and its eyes can look in two separate directions. What other facts can we find out about the behaviour of water? What can we learn about aquatic flora and fauna? What imaginative ideas can we have about living with more water?
The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops is a book for teachers, artists and writers who are working with children aged 8–11. The workshops focus on water and contemplate a possible future when we may be living with more water. The art workshop suggests drawing and painting waterscapes, building waterscapes in the classroom or playground, designing and making models for water living, creating simple films about water living. The writing workshop helps to develop a story about a future watery world, and suggests performing and recording a story, creating an exhibition or broadcast, or turning a story into a book.
Books are available for preorder from mid-August. Further information and expression of interest form here.
Hot off the press, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, published by Garret Publications, with essays touching on art and ecologies, energy and post fossil futures, Mary Douglas and more, by Emmi Itäranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni and me.
Reading W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn and The Mabinogion. Writing about the Norman White Ship disaster and the struggles of the Welsh princes to oust the Norman invaders in my novel in progress, The Anarchy.
A new book, The Midden, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi – in printing process now in Berlin.
Drawing on the Frontiers in Retreat 5 year art and ecologies research project. Essays by Emmi Itaranta, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jenni Nurmenniemi and me. Fabulous design by Serge Rompza and NODE. Published by Garret Publications.
I am starting a new future fiction today in 60 days of daily tweets. You may be interested to follow @Meanda55555
Sun 29 April 12 noon at Hex (Studio 30), Dartington, Devon, UK
I am taking part in a public discussion on the future of education and learning as part of a weekend of events celebrating the lives of Carito and Marina Rodriguez who came to Britain as child refugees during the Spanish Civil War and went on to contribute hugely to life in Dartington and Totnes.
The discussion is focused on the ‘experiment in education’ at Dartington. It is chaired by Alan Boldon, Interim Director of Learning Innovation at Dartington, and the other participants are Mark Dunhill (former Dean of Art at Central Saint Martin’s College and Dartington School alumni) and Jonathan Dawson, Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Schumacher College. I was previously Director of Arts Management and MA Contemporary Arts Course Leader at Dartington College of Arts and Guest Professor on the Public Art MFA at Bauhaus University in Weimar, which occupies the original Bauhaus site.
The event is free. Further details.