088 :: Coded Matter(s): Terra Fiction | Stage II of Worldbuilding

You may remember I spoke at Fiber Festival last year in Amsterdam.

They just released a short 8 minute mini documentary recapping the themes of the festival with interviews with the participants.

It features me talking about Platforms and Solarpunk. I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about.

The idea of terraformation was once the domain of writers and artists. We’re entering a new space race to colonise and terraform the universe. Silicon Valley companies like SpaceX, Google and Planetary Resources are in the front seat. As we edge closer towards inevitable environmental collapse these big tech companies are scrambling to colonise new habitable worlds on distant planets. By shooting a cherry-red Tesla car into space, they shape the future narrative of man in space. But what are we leaving behind on Earth? If today’s technological leaps aren’t improving our natural environments than what legacy will we inherit in worlds abroad?

Speakers
• Pippa Goldschmidt
• E.J. Swift
• Jay Springett
• Ivan Henriques
• Miha Turšič
• Maja Kuzmanovic & Nik Gaffney (FoAM)
• Films: Margaux Hendriksen, Matthew C. Wilson

P.S Even after all these years I love the way my earrings look 😍

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058 :: Catching Up

“The names of blockchain firms make Californian companies look humble – Gnosis, Ether, Kraken, Stellar …. Ontology” – Ben Cerveny

I missed a week last weeks blog entry. I thought it might feel like the weekly chain had been broken and everything comes tumbling down. But it doesn’t so there’s that. The week before last was really busy sorting out travel for events and writing talks, being social and also family stuff.

Today is Monday Oct 1. Yesterday I got back from Amsterdam which already feels like a blur. Meeting people I admire, 3 talks in 4 days, 2 day workshop, new faces and lots of good conversation, oh and tiny but cold Dutch beers, lots of them.

The main reason I was in Amsterdam was to speak at TerraFiction at Brakke Grond as part of Fiber Festivals Coded Matter(s) #15

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The talk went really well. I enjoyed it a lot. I spoke along side a fantastic lineup: Astronomer and writer Pippa Goldschmidt, the speculative fiction writer E. J. Swift, Maja & Nik from FOAM, Ivan Henriques presented his [Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration] project, and Miha Turšič from Waag spoke on his new project with the ESA. What I was doing there talking about Land as Platform and Solarpunk remains a mystery.

I also gave a long presentation to interdisciplinary students doing an MA in worldbuilding. On (unsurprisingly) world building but more importantly reality hacking. And I spoke on solarpunk and they way it can be used to speculatively re-imagine civic space at Tolhuistuin.

In-between all that, I caught up with a friend I haven’t seen in ages, and attended a two day workshop at Waag on world building which was the third part of the same workshop I’d been in at Het Nieuwe Instituut earlier in the year.

My output was a short story about a baker in late 21st century Amsterdam who’s business partner is the yeast called (Hono) he uses to make all the bread. They work as a bio-coop. Also if there is such thing as Middle Ages High Catholic sci-fi that’d be his world view.

One team produced an *extremely* Adam Curtis video about their Accelerationist patchwork city:

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Also Ben Cerveny from The Foundation For Public Code and The New Normal took me and Sjef for a ride on his boat.

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Permanently Moved

Your attention is sovereign

1. You, personally, get to decide where you put your attention.
2. By acknowledging this fact you have to take full responsibility for where you have put your attention in the past, and where you will put it in the future.

Multitasking is mostly bollocks.

This is last weeks episode. Its had the most positive feedback of any show i’ve done so far. I’m really grateful for all the positive remarks.

Dipping the stacks

Don’t bother

The Ministry

got a lot more on my pate. I need to write a talk on conspiracy theories for unsound.pl more on that next week.

Also super energised after all the conversations In the last week. Much to think on in terms of my own life and what I want from it.

Reading

I finished Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants on the plane on the way home. Incredible book.

Music

Remember kids:

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