Madrid Research

Selected compilation of research process for Microhabitable project: Matadero Madrid – Artists Residency Centre; my studio in Matadero; Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela; water drops in the tropical zone in Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela; Jose Manuel Naredo biosphere cycle; Manzanares River; bookshelf; Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, exterior panels, Prado; Leticia Felgueroso,…

Big small things

I have arrived in Madrid to work for a month in the art and ecology Microhabitable project, focused on issues of scale. My residency is hosted by Matadero Madrid who are co-organising Microhabitable with INLAND and the Serpentine Galleries.  I’m interested in entanglement and in the macrocosmic cycles of water and life and decomposition, which…

Writing the Future

Writers wearing future perception devices and investigating a red and white object in Hexham during fieldwork to the future in the Writing the Future workshop I just ran in Hexham Book Festival with Rob La Frenais. We looked at the openings of future fiction novels by J.G. Ballard, Ursula LeGuin and Russell Hoban and wrote…

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…

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:    …

Making It Up

At Falmouth University Thursday 22 March 11.30-13.00 giving the keynote presentation in the Research Students Symposium. How do we make something from nothing? How do we get from the blank page to the book or the artwork? I will focus on the development of my future fiction, Meanda, set on a water planet. The symposium is…

Writing algae and other life

William Blake was critical of the rigid, reductive influence of Newton’s ideas, of his insensibility to vision and ethical restraint. Describing Blake’s portrait, Alan Moore remarks that: ‘Newton sits in single-minded concentration, crouched above his calculations and immune to the more fractal charm of blue and orange lichens spattering the rocky backdrop, his chill bench…

Exoplanet Meanda

New photos of my installation and novella, Meanda, for the Exoplanet Lot exhibition,  in France which runs until 4 September. For more details see: Maisons des Arts Georges Pompidou Exoplanet Lot, Exoplanet Europe, Exoplanet Earth Meanda Also don’t miss Meanda on Twitter daily until 4 September. Photos by Yohann Gozard.

What comprises non-human life?

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…

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The water moved her silently through the lilypatch, towards the river bank, for a better view of the white sphere.     Follow daily on @Meanda55555