083 :: Back from Bordersessions

I had barely recovered from last weeks unexplained lurgy and then headed off to the Netherlands once again to The Hague to give a talk – this time at bordersessions. Here’s my Trip Report:

First observation, despite public transporting being incredible over there. The Hague is just that bit further away from everything. Previously it has seemed trivial to just hop cities whilst i’ve been staying. But hoping from The Hague to Rotterdam or up to Amsterdam for dinner etc is a bit more of a mission. I should also note that its more a little more of a mission to get to the airport if you miss the fast train. (Not that I wan’t to relive the trauma of my return journey which included nearly missing my flight on the pages of this blog)

Anyways. I’d never been to The Hague before. I learnt that like 60% of the people who live and work there work for the government. Like a souped up company town I suppose. It does have a lot of church bells, and thats lovely.

The first night of the festival was speakers drinks and the headlining interview with Paul Mason. He was talking about his newest book Clear Bright Future.

Mason

During the day the next day I attended the workshop ‘How to measure the ecological development of a zoöp?’ at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. the emerging project continuing from the Terrafiction workshops I took part in last year.

In the zoöp concept: an important role is played by the zoönomic instrument that helps indicate the
ecological development of the collective body of nonhumans within the zoöp.

I didn’t take any pictures during the workshop but I did tweet this:

You get the idea

It was good to see other folks there. Sjef, Klass, Theun, Ian etc. Also the folks who have commitments to start a zoöp. Let me tell you, wild speculative ecological conversations in Holland are a decade ahead of where they are in the UK.

I’ve spoken to Sjef and Theun about it a few times now. I suppose its partly around the Netherlands being a totally human managed environment. Landscape engineering is Just what you do with a decade. I dearly hope that when the opportunity arrises, I can some how be the conduit to segue all this important work and thinking into the UK.

Anyway, that evening I spoke on Solarpunk And The Great Unfolding: Building Keystones Of Continuity at the main festival night. The talk was quite well attended and I had some really interesting conversations afterwards at the bar.

Quote from Solarpunk Anarchists Dot Com

I also saw some other fantastic talks, one about the burgeoning Kite energy sector, and another panel on the Zoop, which was all on more than human personhood. Many assumptions at the beginning of the panel, the audience nodded along with zero pushback – wouldn’t of happened in the UK for sure.

Friday, I had the day to myself. I was thinking about attending some of the other workshops as part of the festival but my social battery was below absolute zero so I took myself off to see James Turrell’s celestial vault and ‘The Sand Engine’. Took a fun long assed bus ride though the outskirts of The Hague to the coast.

In the Nerthelands, all the roadsides are planted with wild flowers.

I got to the coast and set about hiking to the vault. You crest a big hill and are greeted with the crater

First Sight of the Vault

You then enter via a tunnel wall and see the alter:

I spent about an hour in the vault. Laying on the alter looking up at the sky. Seeing the first sunshine that had been in the sky since arriving 2 days before hand, the sideways rain had stopped whilst I was on the bus there. It was an amazing experience to have such a long private time with the art work.

I went to see Hollands ‘Sand Engine’ that was further down the coast.

The sand engine (also called Sand Motor) is an experiment in the management of dynamic coastline. The first one was run off South Holland in the Netherlands. A sandcastle-shaped peninsula was created by humans; the surface is about 1 km². It is expected that this sand is then moved over the years by the action of waves, wind and currents along the coast. To protect the West of the Netherlands against the sea,

Wikipedia

At this point. I was 90mins from the bus stop and about 2.5 hours from my hotel. I was also burning a little bit. Ill prepared for 23 degree heat with a rain coat stuffed into my travel pack.

In the evening i went for dinner with Theun Karelse and Ian Ingram in Amsterdam and I enjoyed their company a lot.

The bar had total solarpunk vibes

Permanently Moved

No podcast (see above)

Dipping the Stacks

900-year-old grape pips reveal unbroken history of French wine variety | Science | The Guardian

“The Medea Hypothesis:” a downhill trajectory for life on Earth | The Seattle Times

The Controversy of NASA’s EmDrive”

his is a $15 trillion opportunity for farmers to fight climate change

The Ministry

The hour that I spent ‘charging up’ on the Alter was very impactful to me. I let my mind wander in a way that I only really do when doing Journeying practice outside of meditaiton.

Laying on the alter in the sun looking up at the sky i felt gears shift and engage, like a complicated pocket watch ticking back to life. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I am doing with my life, and experiencing a humbling.

Indeed, having a lot of free time to myself in a foreign country outside of festival commitments gave me a lot of opportunity to just consider.

Routes though and ways forward. Self reflection, hubris and resolve.

Reading

Still smashing though Warhammer books i’m afraid. Im sure you are not interested but I read 2 books last week. Vengeful Spirit + The Silent War.

Music

I was listening to a lot of Sun 0)))s life metal album. Thats about it.

Remember kids:

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082 :: Sick AGAIN :(

Im sick. Sorry this whole weekly blog things is become lame and predictable with very little content. My life is going to get super crazy later this year, so stick around

I had to go to bed at lunchtime yesterday and didn’t get up again until this morning. I feel a bit better today but still groggy and under the weather. At least I’m not having hot/cold shivers any more.

Eve and I went for dinner earlier in the week and we had a really nice time. the sun was gorgeous and it was still light and about 20 degrees when we walked back along the thames about 9pm. Wonderful.

In my fevered state yesterday i had a good chat with Mat Dryhurst on twitter. Click though to see it.

Permanently Moved

No Podcast this week due to being ill. I might try and do one early next week to bridge the gap as i’ll be in the Netherlands at bordersessions next Friday. It makes me feel tired already thinking about it.

Dipping the Stacks

US10144532B2 – Craft using an inertial mass reduction device – Google Patents

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto | KCET

Why Strangers Are AirDropping You Memes and Photos – The Atlantic

New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ in 2050 – VICE

The Ministry

I wanted to have my talk for bordersessions done already. Im plugging away at it today but because i still feel under the weather I literally manage to review or make one slide then i have to walk round the flat for a bit and force myself to get back to it.

This is the first time i’ve left something so last min. usually my talks are done the week before. Hopefully i’ll finish it because it will be majorly embarrassing if i didn’t. A disappointment to myself and all the people that paid money to see me. Im sure i’ll get it done tho.

Reading

MOAR WARHAMMER 40k. its absolutely fantastic. I’m going to recommend the series to anyone that askes about scifi series. There’s like 50 books and its like watching the mythology of your childhood unfold in front of your eyes.

Music

OMG Diplo Charlie XCX and Herve Pagez have a spice girls mashup single out. It’s wild. The mining of the past to create present popular culture continues apace.

The main thing i’d like to point your attention towards this week is the new track from Poppy and Fever 333. Watch the whole video and listen to the whole track. Instead of mining the past like the Diplo track above. The insane fusion of genres this track goes with should be the template for the future. Or listen to the intro, the first 20 secs or so and then skip forward to 2.44. The final riff drives, like wading though thick mud.

I was away back in Jan when the track Voicemail came out. Its a fucking cracker. The distorted kick drum sound is perfect. *chefs kiss* This track is like the inside of my brain at a blockchain conference.

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081 :: Work/Life Update 2019

I have just updated the ‘Works’ page on my personal website with all the upcoming speaking events I have this year. I want to rebuild the site at some point but I hate wordpress more than I hate how the website looks right now so it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.

I thought I would post an update outside of my regular weekly rhythm to include some of the confirmed highlights for me in the year ahead. I hope the 50ish of you that find me interesting enough to follow this blog find the information all in one place interesting.

Also.. I just posted something similar to LinkedIn so I just copy and pasted it here.

They are Europe

Various opportunities have presented themselves this year including inclusion in We are Europe’s – They Are Europe Program

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We are Europe is the association of 8 major European events joining forces to promote, create and produce innovative cultural practices, defined by creative diversity and exchanges.

64 People are chosen every season and this year I was honoured to be included as one of them. As a result in part I now find myself on the professional speaking circuit:

Upcoming Talks (Confirmed)

Jun 19 – Solarpunk And The Great Unfolding: Building Keystones Of Continuity@Border Sessions – The Hague

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Jul 19 – New Internet (Panel Discusion) @Sonar-D – Barcelona

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Sept 19 – Land As Platform @Primer – Copenhagen

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Oct 19 – Interspecies Solidarity (Panel Discusion) @Unsound Festival – Krakow

Oct 19 – Solarpunk: Life in the future beyond the rusted chrome of yestermorrow @Unsound Festival – Krakow

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Consulting

I am also available for operational and strategy work assisting organisations, projects, & people navigate complex, high growth environments. I’ve worked extensively in blockhain & adjacent tech worlds with a focus on building and scaling sustainable and regenerative cultures, that focus on employee agency & innovate company forms.

Message me for details.

2018 Speaking Events

Oct 18 – Beyond Cyberpunk (Panel Discussion) @Unsound Festival– Krakow

Oct 18 – Public Discourse in the Age of Conspiratainment @Unsound Festival – Krakow

Sept 18 – Solarpunk – Tolhuistuin Festival @Tolhuistuin – Amsterdam

Sept 18 – Land As Platform – Coded Matter(s) #15 @Fiber Festival – Amsterdam

Sept 18 – Realty Hacking – New Frontiers World Building BA @Brakke Grond | Vlaams Cultuurhuis – Amsterdam

Aug 18 – Solarpunk as Civic Imaginary @Citizen Sci-Fi Alliance – London

Jul 18 – New Age of Cults @Acclerate Working Group #3 (#AWG3) – London

Jun 18 – Owning Digital Stuff Is Going to Get Weird @Blockhack #4 – London

May 18 – Solarpunk : A Grand Dress Rehearsal – Terra Fiction @Het Nieuwe Instituut – Rotterdam

May 18 – Deep Sensing  – 2p2 Web Berlin @Trust  -Berlin

077 :: Cat In A Box

Had quite a sociable week last week. Spent one afternoon hanging out with my cousin and his wife in their place in Stoke Newington. Josh and I played a game of games workshops shadespire.

I played as Gloomspite Gitz the Night Goblins (All hail the Bad Moon). The game is quite fun. I really enjoyed playing my first game of it. The goblins had more complicated rules so it was a little slow going learning it. I think if I played as them again I’d do a bit better tactics wise.

Hung out with a few friends on Friday. They brought their Shiba to the pub. He’s a good boy but also a menace.

Maddox the menace.

The weekend was the Surbiton festival in the square outside my house. So 10 steps over the road all weekend was Beer, good vegan burgers etc. Its nice that after a decade or so Surbiton is forging a community via yearly events.

Permanently Moved – Never Tried To Put A Cat In A Box

“Mr Schrodinger I thought, had obviously never tried to put a Cat into a box before.”

You can subscribe to Permanently Moved in itunes: permanentlymoved.online/itunes or search in all your favourite podcatchers.

Permanently moved is a personal podcast 301 seconds in length, written and recorded in one hour by @thejaymo

Dipping the Stacks

Good vibrations: I purified myself in a sound bath | The Outline

Locations Can Be Characters Too : Women Writers, Women’s Books

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests? | Aeon Ideas

What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

The Ministry

Still moving forward with the first draft of the book. Though i’m finding it difficult to hit the world count. Im not in a nanowrimo kind of mood with the sun shining outside. Instead i’ve reduced my daily target but also re-opened some old projects and i’m grinding them at 300 words a day. So making progress on multiple fronts.

I’m also happy to announce i’ll be speaking in The Hague at @Border_Sessions in early June. My talk is titled // Solarpunk And The Great Unfolding: Building Keystones Of Continuity

Reading

I’ve started re-reading ‘What is a dog’ by Lorna Coppinger and Raymond Coppinger

And Kenneth Olwig’s  new book also arrived which I’m excited to dig into.

Music

Holly’s new album is out and I’ve had it on repeat since it dropped on Friday. Also the new Tim Hecker album.

Remember kids: