105 :: ‘Solar Punk, a framework for hopeful futures’

When I was at Unsound Festival last week I bumped in to Journalist Jacobo García from Spain based Clot Mag. He told me over the deafening noise of Dreamcrusher that an article based on an interview I did with him at Sonar+D Festival was now online.

According to Jay Springett, one of the most regarded SolarPunk theorists, there is a set of cardinal differences between SolarPunk and traditional Sci-Fi. Solar Punk is born on the internet and it’s developed there, without a central authority or a literary canon defining the background and rules of the universe. Only a small corpus of books have been printed, mostly collections of short stories. Being originated on the internet, the visual component is as important as the writing itself. Browsing through SolarPunk dedicated websites, Tumblrs and forums one can observe a mixture of real-life images taken out its usual context. Stills from movies and video-games, every imaginable type of fan-art -even sketches and designs – all put together framing a concept-art narrative. 

Right now, SolarPunk kind of lives in financial limbo, still underground. But given its horizontal and open ethos (where everybody can contribute by starting its own website), there is a real concern of losing the central values of the genre. It’s not difficult to imagine a literary company appropriating it for-profit or a video-game being released using the catchy name, eliminating on its way the defining values of SolarPunk.

‘Solar Punk, a framework for hopeful futures’ by Jacobo García

What I hope comes across in the article is how I think of Solarpunk as a Memetic engine. It’s a world first, a set of books, and narratives second.

Here’s a slide I’ve previously posted from my talk at Unsound:

You can read the whole thing here

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104 :: Unsound Festival 2019

This week I went to and from Unsound Festival in Poland.

It’s my second time in Krakow. It’s such a lovely city – wet & cold this year tho. Compared to glorious 20+ degrees last year it was a bit of a different experience.

Regardless, it was still good. I got to hang out with a cool and inspiring bunch of people (I speak about it on the podcast this week).

My favourite artists I got to see were Lingua Ignota

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and Dreamcrusher!!!!!!

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Can you believe I took the photo above on my phone!? Wild.

No photos of the panel on interspecies solidarity or the solarpunk talk I did. Everyone was too rapt to take any I think LOL. I’ll ask for the official ones once the festival is over. I’m sad not to have seen the main shindig as I could only make the early part of the week. I’m Missing Lyra, Sunn o))), Holly etc. Ah well.

Listen to the this weeks show for more details.


I really want to recommend the second season of Shane Dawson X Jeffree Star documentary ‘The Dangerous World“. First Episode below:

It really doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the first series at all. The whole documentary is intertextual with the previous one. Cutting backwards and forwards in time to related scenes. Especially related to things Jeffree said last year that is contextualised in this show.

You really also don’t need to know *anything* about Youtubers or the Fashion/beauty world. The whole documentary is an exposée of the makeup world. At one point 700% markups are mentioned and you can see Dawsons eyes pop out of their sockets.
There’s also a moment in episode 3 where he is talking money/profit splits on Merch like t-shirts and hoodies between him and Star’s company and the sort of deal they could offer him as a creator with 20million+ subs – its incredible. Basically Dawson cries and says that he’s been getting absolutely fucked over his entire life.

I think its important that you do know going in that Jeffree Star was the queen of myspace originally. So he’s like a generation ahead than Shane Dawson. Star basically got tired of being fucked over and built an apparell / makeup / business empire themselves. One that takes a much fairer cut as a supplier to other creators.

Also seeing the whole thing about Dawson being accused of fucking his cat in a mega shit storm online. It happened over a very old joke he made on a podcast. seeing someone on the receiving end of that level of of the cancellation is fascinating is quite emotional.

I can’t wait to watch the rest of the season.

Permanently Moved

Back From Krakow

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I just got back from Unsound Festival in Poland yesterday. I talk about the panel and talk I did, and some of the artists I saw live. Also being inspired by hanging out with inspiring people.


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

Website: https://www.thejaymo.net/
Podcast: http://permanentlymoved.online
Zine: http://startselectreset.com

Dipping the Stacks

The ‘OK’ Hand Sign and the Hate Symbol Trap | MEL Magazine

Formal objection to island fish farm lodged by a group of underwater fairies

California’s massive power outage is a wake-up call for the whole country | Popular Science

Counter Mapping – Emergence Magazine

The Ministry

After last week working so hard on the talks I decided to do something different. This week I switched gears. I started work again on the ‘audio’ comic adaptation of a short solarpunk story I wrote last year. It’s er.. MUCH harder than I thought it was going to be going in. Learning a lot about it tho. We’ll see how it goes and if I can keep noodling away at it. I have a long way to go before I can even think of recording it.

I have also decided to christianise my meditation book. This is quite an extensive re-write but one that will make it a better text.

Reading

I read two books this week:

And started a second Warhammer 40k book. lol

Music

TBH I’m still buzzing from the HEAVY AS FUCK Dreamcrusher set. Check this fucking track out.

Remember kids:

103 :: Two Birthdays

I’m in Poland for Unsound Festival. I’m writing this from my hotel room. Full report next weekend. I <3 this city

I’m giving a talk titled Solarpunk – Life In The Future Beyond The Rusted Chrome Of Yestermorrow on Wednesday.

Tuesday I’m moderating an informal panel on Interspecies Solidarity, with Author Luke Turner and experimental nature film maker Amy Cutler.

Here’s a slide from the solarpunk talk:

I also wen’t back to the chalk for my Mums birthday during the week. We went out for lunch and it was really nice. They are also off to Asia next week with my Aunt to see my brother for his 30th. I think they are going to have an amazing time. Also my Dad bought a coat in the M&S sale for £4.50!?? WTF

At the weekend I went out with a bunch of folks and had fancy Thai food for a friends birthday. It was ok.

NOTE: As soon as I’m back from Poland I will continue work on migrating this blog to thejaymo.net

Permanently Moved

Every Week

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This weeks show is just me sitting down talking about stuff I want to talk about. Which is basically what this show is anyway.


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

Website: https://www.thejaymo.net/
Podcast: http://permanentlymoved.online
Zine: http://startselectreset.com

Dipping the Stacks

Formal objection to island fish farm lodged by a group of underwater fairies

The Social Media Lives of Men on House Arrest | MEL Magazine

THE MANUFACTURING OF GRETA THUNBERG – FOR CONSENT: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NON-PROFIT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX [ACT I]

A Calculation is Not a Judgement – Giles Lane – Medium

The Ministry

One of the key things I’ve learnt this week is an important one. Preparing a talk that is 1h long is way way different than writing a 20min long talk. Which is in turn very different from writing/making the 5min information dense essays I do for the podcast. Been fun to work on tho. Learnt a lot about myself and the process.

Reading

I read the brand new Warhammer 40k book Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work. It was actually really good.

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Music

Please enjoy this extremely 90’s live concert from Jean Michel Jarre in Barcelona. I’ve been watching it once a day pretty much. I’d have loved to have been there. IMAGINE

Remember kids:

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

060 :: Next Up

UPDATE: 27 OCT – I FORGOT TO POST THIS LAST WEEK. IT’S BEEN SITTING IN MY DRAFTS. I FOUND IT THIS MORNING

“Our value system doesn’t allow us to enjoy anything without putting a price on it, we miss a great part of the beauty of life.” – Father Thomas Keating

(Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel)

Unsound was great. Had an amazing time. Might write a follow up piece to this talking through my highlights as I saw a lot of great artists.

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SOPHIE

I got the chance to do a little bit of sightseeing. The hi-light of that afternoon was seeing the Stained Glasswork of Stanisław Wyspiański in St Francis of Assisi basilica in Krakow.

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“God the Father – Become!”

I mean just look at it. It depicts creation. Incredible. Also Krakow has a pinball museum. If i go back to unsound I’m going to spend more time there than just one pint.

I also bumped in to some very old friends who I have known since I was 13, but haven’t seen since 2011-ish? totally random. They were on holiday in Krakow. Fantastic stuff, smol world.

Permanently Moved

Episode 26 – One Foot Forward

This Episode contains a brief overview of Unsound Festival. A shout out to old friends and I talk about the Hexen 2.0 Tarot Reading I did this week.

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

Dipping the stacks

I haven’t had time for the Internet this week.

The Ministry

I went to the kick off of DECAL (Decentralised Arts Lab) on Monday. Coming out of furtherfield, it’s an exciting project and I’m happy to be involved.

As I mentioned in this weeks podcast. I’ve switched to the Hexen 2.0 tarot as it seems to be my business these days. This card  shook me in the Celtic cross reading I did the other day as the heart of the situation.

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the only answer is er… yep.

Reading

I read inhabit: instructions for autonomy at the air port on my way home from poland. Jay Owens gave it to me at her birthday a few weeks back. Its a great book, dark green and inspiring. Worth it.

I just started reading The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM I’m struggling with it a little bit as it’s really badly edited and the exact same paragraphs in chapter one show up in later chapters. Plus there is a lot of shilling. Im only about an hour away from finishing it so i guess im committed.

Music

The new princess nokia album is great. This might be my fav track, but undecided at this point.

Remember kids:

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