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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Exoplanet Lot Approaching

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Thomas Lasbouyges, Project Elina, 2013-2015, in collaboration with Guillaume Barth. Photo: Francois Klein.

If you happen to be anywhere near the Lot Valley on 13 May 6.30pm  do come along to the Work in Progress Presentations at Maisons Daura in Saint Cirq Lapopie for the forthcoming Exoplanet Lot exhibition organised by MAGP.

The exhibition will be at open-air sites between Cajarc and Saint Cirq Lapopie from 3 July until 4 September.

Pushing the Boundaries in Brighton

Presented a paper on my collaborations with London Fieldworks and Urbonas Studio at University of Brighton Research Festival, Pushing the Boundaries, this week. Amongst the many highlights of the day for me were: participating in a discussion with Mikhail Karikis on his new film, Children of Unquiet, Damon Taylor’s presentation on design as systemics and systems design, and Simon Sandys’ photographs of dust.

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Urbonas Studio, River Runs, Oxford 2012. Photo: James A. Hudson.

Lorna Simpson’s Conundrums

Thurs 5 & Fri 6 June 2014

I am giving the keynote presentation and facilitating a Long Table discussion in a symposium at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead on the work of American artist Lorna Simpson. The symposium accompanies an exhibition of Simpson’s work. My paper is entitled ‘Lorna Simpson’s Conundrums’. Other presenters include Christine Borland, Volker Straub, Richard Kotter and Sally Madge. Performances by Adura Onashile, Jane Arnfield, Sandra Johnston, Alastair Maclennan and Selina Thompson.

Further details on the conference and exhibition are here: www.balticmill.com

Radio Dreaming

Currently writing an essay about Claire Cote and Anna Keleher’s extraordinary Radio Dreaming project where they travelled around Ireland talking with people about the Marble Arch Caves, off-grid living, local traditions, histories, music, and then created a series of radio programmes that you can listen to online:

http://dreamingplaceproject.wordpress.com/radio-dreaming/episodes/

Art on Water

Just returned from London and a meeting about art on the waterways. Last year a new charity, the Canal & River Trust, took on responsibility for many canals and rivers in England and Wales. They are running a programme of Arts on the Waterways to raise awareness and engagement with these wonderful sites. My own project with Urbonas Studio in Oxford – River Runs – was supported by them and I’m writing a book on this that will be published in a few months time by Modern Art Oxford. Their other projects have included Film Poems and a Canal Laureate. Check out:

http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/commissions/canalfilms