Publication Day! The Water Age

My new books The Water Age 1, 2, 3 are published today by Meanda Books. The Water Age & Other Fictions is a collection of short future fictions. ‘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. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

The second book, The Water Age Art & Writing Workshops, is a workbook for creative and playful engagements 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. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

The third book, The Water Age Children’s Art & Writing Workshops, was initially inspired by a workshop I ran at Modern Art Oxford with my sister. I built on the first workshop with a children’s art workshop in Helsinki and, then, with a writing workshop in a primary school in Haydon Bridge. With the participants I explored facts about the behaviour of water and about aquatic flora and fauna. For example: 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.

The Water Age Children’s Art & Writing Workshops is a book for teachers, artists and writers who are working with children aged 8–11. Workshop activities include drawing and painting waterscapes, building waterscapes in the classroom or playground, designing and making models for water living, creating simple films about water living and writing a story about a future watery world. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

Thanks to James A. Hudson for the lovely covers and thanks to HIAP and Frontiers in Retreat for supporting the publication of the books.

More information at Meanda Books.

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The Midden – new art and ecology book

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.

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The Water Age – 3 new books

Coming soon:

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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.

 

Water Age 2 cover hi res

 

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.

 

 

Water Age 3 cover hi resThe 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.

The Midden

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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.

http://www.frontiersinretreat.org

The Water Age – 3 new books for 2018

I have established a publishing imprint called Meanda Books to publish the three small books that are the outcome of my work in the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology project. The books will be published in July. An expression of interest form is at the bottom of this post. The books are:

 

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The Water Age and other Fictions

Paperback ISBN 9780995490215

ebook ISBN 9780995490222

 

Includes a revised, expanded version of Meanda, a future fiction novella about an ocean exoplanet. Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. Inspired by spitting fish, spiders’ sticky lines, sliming snails, inking squids and singing whales.  [Image: James A. Hudson]

Ida Larsen, Writing with Water

 

The Water Age Art and Writing Workshops

Paperback ISBN 9780995490239

ebook ISBN 9780995490246

How might we live with more water in the future? Art and writing workshops relating to aquatic biomimicry, walking, swimming, maps, reading water environments, watery language. A wealth of playful exercises to produce art and writing focused on water.

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The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops

Paperback ISBN 9780995490253

ebook ISBN 9780995490260

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 are 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.