planning your Alternative Reality Hut: who, how, where

Building an alternative reality hut should be undertaken as an imagination experiment. Imagine for a moment that things are real in the same way that you and I are real. Imagine that they have an actual, material existence that only partially coincides with our experience of them.  Pretend for a moment that objects have materialContinue reading “planning your Alternative Reality Hut: who, how, where”

DIY alternative reality Hut: a participatory art-structure for customising post-normal living.

THE PROJECT: Wednesday 22 – Monday 27 April Follow on Instagram for step-by-step guidelines on how to customise your lockdown zone into a smaller but more friendly Alternative Reality Hut. Share handy hints on ways in which you might reconfigure the things (objects, materials, furniture and other stuff) with whom you share your covid19 bubble.Continue reading “DIY alternative reality Hut: a participatory art-structure for customising post-normal living.”

DIY Alternative Reality Hut: fabulous places, speculative imaginings

How can we playfully inhabit this hiatus in the everyday? What liberties of childlike curiosity and questioning can this moment of confinement offer? DIY alternative reality Hut is a participatory art-structure for playful and thoughtful engagement with the last week of level four lockdown in Aotearoa. Over this week, 22 – 27 I will beContinue reading “DIY Alternative Reality Hut: fabulous places, speculative imaginings”

Dwelling with Oak tree

The Oaktree is old, some of his branches end in stumps but others stretch out wide, forming a canopy under which walkers, dogs, cyclists, runners, pheasants and rabbits pass by. The Oakley Creek walkway brushes up against his truck, cutting between him and his companion who stands a few meters closer to the creek. I […]

Travels with friends

I took TJ Demos on a bike ride with me; he talked, and I listened and pedalled. He spoke via the multi-layered avatar of a downloaded PDF, (the introduction to Decolonising Nature), read aloud via the Voice Aloud Reader app on my phone, delivered via Bluetooth to my in-helmet headphones. Demos talked about the wayContinue reading “Travels with friends”

Grounding Story

I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at the 7th The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ) Biennial Conference: Grounding Story, Feb 13-15, 2019 at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia This conference brought together writers, artists and activists involved in storying, or re-storyingContinue reading “Grounding Story”

Rm Conversation # 3: Between Elsewhere and Away

As a New Zealand European born in the sixties I have grown up in a society who belived itself to be cradled between infinate resourse and the no-place ‘away’. How do i now live, waking up to a biosphere in whom no material thing can be added or taken away, where everything that is somethingContinue reading “Rm Conversation # 3: Between Elsewhere and Away”