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162 :: Speaking Of Printmaking

In indigenous ways of knowing, it is understood that each living being has a particular role to play. Every being is endowed with certain gifts, its own intelligence, its own spirit, its own story. Our stories tell us that the Creator gave these to us, as original instructions. The foundation of education is to discover that gift within us and learn to use it well.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Scarlet Imprint shared this wonderful mini-documentary about wood block screen print artist Travis Lawrence on Twitter the other day.

I’m really glad they did. His art and work has a lot of depth. Like many people doing important work – it seems that his chosen medium came to him, rather than him seeking it out. He has been hugely influenced by symbolism and the work of Jung. Check out his work here.

A few years ago I went to see an exhibition of Art Nouveau ‘influencer’ Aubrey Beardsley’s (1872 – 1898) woodcuts at Sotheran’s in London. On reflection looking though the photos today so I could put a couple online below. I now WISH I’d bought one. Ah well.

I always associate print making with zines for some reason. Perhaps its because my first exposure to that art form was as a young punk/teenager. Well before we’d been allowed to use the linocut materials at school. Speaking of printmaking. For years I had the intention of going along to one of the Print Collective workshops at DIY Space for London. Hopefully DIYSFL will find a new HQ soon and that will become an opportunity again.

Permanently Moved

Theatre, Applied

Performance in its execution becomes something more than the individuals involved. Siblings, Community, Bread and Puppets, SHEDx, Italian Dinner Theatre and Solarpunk.

Update From The Island

I enjoyed the last night of the summer fireworks by myself as Eve was out last weekend.

Eve took this great shot of Louie as she was busy going about her business on the island.

The Ministry Of My Own Labour

  • Working on a hard edit of the conspiracy piece. I’m finding it really difficult 🙁
  • Recorded the first episode of a web show idea I had. Out next week.
  • Sold my first sci-fi story! (more soon)
  • Woke up today to find a paper I contributed to is up in preprint/review with the Global Sustainability Journal (more soon)
  • Work/Notes/Drafts are progressing for a thing I’m working on for the blog.

Dipping the Stacks

The mystery of the Murray-Darling’s vanishing flows – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

FBI investigating pilot’s report of ‘guy in jetpack’ flying 3,000 feet in air near planes at LAX

NVIDIA Omniverse™ Platform | NVIDIA Developer

Niantic forms consortium to make 5G AR great

Reading

I finished Joanne Mcneil’s : Lurking: How a Person Became a User this week. The book is Fan-tas-tic. I dropped her a DM as soon as I finished the book to say “The structure and approach to each topic is exactly what’s needed at this point I the timeline”. My podcast a few weeks ago on MSN was partly inspired by the book, and the AEWCH episode she did with Conner Habib.

Joanne has written a sort of ‘internet memoir’ that tracks her experiences on various platforms after she plugged in. AOL chatrooms, Friendster, Myspace, the iPhone, Twitter, Facebook etc. Interweaving importan research and commentary on the questions of: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility.

This book is a must read in 2020. It covers a critical history about the rise of the internet we got, with source material from people who were there – at the time. Material that is most often overlooked by the mainstream tech press that largely spent the 2010’s fawning over the tech giants, rather than taking them to task.

Music

Oklou has a new 6 track EP ‘Galore’ out at the end of August. I always enjoy more Oklou. The first single from the record is ‘unearth me’.

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Jay Springett is a Solarpunk, Theorist and Strategist for hybrid environments. His concerns are with culture, humans and technology and the environment. He is currently writing his first public book: Land as Platform.

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