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.

 

 

What comprises non-human life?

Photo: Nomeda Urbonas
Photo: Nomeda Urbonas

An article and extracts from my novella MEANDA have just been published on the Zooetics website. Zooetics is part of the 5 year Frontiers in Retreat art research project. With artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas and curator Viktorija Siaulyte, I have been exploring radical future potentialities for interspecies relations and notions of Nature.

Inspired by JG Ballard’s fictional living plant technologies, the Zooetics team has been working with mycelium – the extraordinary mushroom roots network. In MEANDA I made water one of the protagonists in a future fiction story set on an exoplanet.

Zooetics is a word coined to gesture at poetic, artistic, fictional, playful approaches to all life. Mycelium is certainly living. Is water?

I’m currently working with HIAP curator, Jenni Nurmenniemi, to develop a seminar which will take place in Helsinki in September and consider the question of non-human life within the context of the Museum of Nonhumanity.

New exoplanet novella published

excite par cetteThe Exoplanet Lot exhibition, organised by MAGP, opens tonight. Visitors will go on an expedition to artworks sited in the Lot Valley, France. The MAGP gallery in Cajarc features works by Tania Candiani and Angelika Markul. From there, visitors travel by bus and bike to works in the landscape by Thomas Lasbouygues, Caroline Le Mehaute, HeHe, and my site on the long-distance GR36 footpath running beside the river Lot. Finally there are late night performances and exhibitions in Saint Cirq Lapopie by Ludwig, Tania Candiani and Nahum Mantra.

The exhibition runs until 4 September.

 

Meanda CoverMy ebook novella, Meanda, is published today for the start of the exhibition and available from Amazon. Full details on the Meanda website.

Follow the story on Twitter in daily doses until 4 September on @Meanda55555

Lot Valley Log

The Cave of Swimmers, Wadi Sura, Egypt
The Cave of Swimmers, Wadi Sura, Egypt

I am currently writer in residence at Maisons Daura in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Valley, France where I’m developing a novella about an oceanic exoplanet.

Myself and the other artists in the project, Exoplanet Lot, will be presenting our work in progress on 13 May 2016 6.30pm at Maisons Daura. Please come along if you are in the area.

Exoplanet Fictions

Gwendraeth

In April and May I am going to be writer in residence at Maisons Daura in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Valley, France for the Exoplanète Lot project organised by MAGP, Cajarc. The environment of the Lot Valley is imagined by the curators, Martine Michard and Rob La Frenais, as an alternative earth-like planet.

I plan to work on watery future fiction, to collaborate with visual artists and to organise future fiction workshops for adults and children. The other artists participating in the project are Tania Candiani, HeHe, Thomas Lasbouygues, Caroline Le Méhauté, Ludwig, Nahum Mantra, Angelika Markul.

Friday 13 May 6.30pm you can come along to meet the artists and see the work in progress at Residences Maisons Daura in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

The Exoplanète Lot exhibition will open at MAGP, Maison Des Arts Georges Pompidou, in Cajarc on 2 July and run until 4 September. Full details in MAGP_prog_2016.

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Maisons Daura, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

 

The Surrealist Andre Breton spent sixteen summers in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, declaring it to be ‘his one place of enchantment …. I stopped wanting to be elsewhere …. The list of its charms is very far from exhausting the secret… each day on awakening, it seems to me that I open the window onto the richest of hours, not only of art but of nature and life’.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is also close to the Pech Merle caves and their prehistoric paintings.

M for Mycelium

Mycelium bowls.  Photo: Nomeda Urbonas
Mycelium bowls.
Photo: Nomeda Urbonas

Zooetics is a five year research project by art collaboration Jutempus*, exploring the possibility of bringing human knowledge, technologies and processes into closer collaboration and understanding with the knowledge, technologies and processes of other life that we are co-existing with on the planet.

This month the Zooetics Pavilion is in the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius in Lithuania. It was inspired by British novelist J.G. Ballard writing about living plant technologies in his collection of short stories Vermilion Sands (1971). In his fictional world Ballard describes a psychotropic house that interacts with its inhabitants and bio-clothes made from hypersensitive plants that respond to their wearers. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas created a laboratory in the gallery making living material by mixing mycelium (mushroom root) with agricultural waste (sawdust, straw etc). Every week high school students and gallery visitors can work directly with the mycelium themselves. The material is strong and waterproof and can be used to create many forms: bowls, bricks, packaging, houses, perhaps boats. It is sustainable and could replace plastics, polystyrene and cardboard. Some of the mycelium was allowed to continue living and flourishing with its mushroom fruits. What would happen if we built our houses and other objects out of living material? What would happen if we engaged in more than human collaboration? What do we still have to learn from nature’s own technologies, especially from its systems of balances and symbiosis?

*Jutempus consists of artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas and writers / researchers Viktorija Siaulyte and Tracey Warr.

For more details see:

http://www.zooetics.net

https://www.facebook.com/zooetics