"Mirrors" is part of the long-standing exploration of one dewpond on the hills to the north of Brighton. See also "Wind Under Whitethorn, Wind Through Wire" and the workshop and listening session "Dewpond #1". Beautifully designed by Emily from Stanley James Press, the book contains a selection of images of dewponds, an essay, journeys represented as GPS-tracked waypoints, and tweets sent either during those journeys or just after. Self-published on the anniversary of 3 years consciously returning to the same dewpond, you can read the introductory text on my rarely-updated (!) Medium.
Really delighted to travel to the Margate Bookie Literary Festival and have the opportunity to read two texts from my Miasma of Decay series: "What the Cicadas Sang" and "The Smell of Apples," the latter published in Vanguard's "14" magazine, which all the writers in the above picture contributed to (and Richard Skinner (back row, R) edited). [Picture Credit: Margate Bookie].
Guy Dickinson is a photographer whose work I have very much enjoyed responding to. "Wood for Trees" was written to accompany his project "Peripheral". First published online by Kozu Books , it has now been re-published in the journal "Echtrai".
A more ambitious project is the collaboration "Anthologia: A Dictionary of Flowers," a landscape format 172 page A4 book of Dickinson's photographs with an introduction by Brian Lavelle and a composite text by me that respond to the images: "Through a Yellow Glass the Eye is Gladdened" includes a series of quotations, an SF story, a list of yellow flowers and a proposal series of 50 new paint names.
I am pleased to have a chapter published in Jane Grant, John Mathias and David Prior's "The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art." There are some fantastic contributors to the volume which it is a real honour to be included alongside.
The long hiatus that opened up between writing the original draft and the final publication has the woozy effect of reframing my words in different ways, some I am pleasantly surprised by, some that I would probably resolve differently today. The publication is eye-wateringly expensive - one destining the volume for academic libraries. I hope that a paperback version is planned.
Very pleased to have my poem "The Smell of Apples" published in the latest issue of "14" magazine, alongside some amazing authors. The text from "The Smell of Apples" is created from 9 translations of Ovid's horrible book "The Metamorphoses" with which I am involved in a long term and slow attempt to detoxify. You can order the magazine here. There was a launch for the magazine online.
I was delighted to be invited by artist and scholar Paul Nataraj to contribute to his long-running broadcast project which Paul explains in the following terms as:
“It is still raining in my bathroom” was uploaded 85 years after Mme Savoye wrote to architect Le Corbusier to complain (again) about the poor construction quality of Les Heures Claires / The Villa Savoye. She wrote “It’s raining in the hall, it’s raining on the ramp and the wall of the garage is absolutely soaked. What’s more, it’s still raining in my bathroom, which floods in bad weather, as the water comes in through the skylight. The gardener’s walls are also wet through.”
The video comprises three elements:
Eugénie Savoye’s 1936 letter was reported by Jacques Sbriglio in The Villa Savoye (1997 / 2008) p. 107 that references the Fondation Le Corbusier archives FLC H1-12-157.
Buddy Peace from Haeckels interviewed me about my work with sound. It was a wide ranging conversation, going back through various projects and also exploring ideas about the biophilia hypothesis, ears and hearing, accessibility, etc. The whole thing has been really nicely edited and soundtracked and comes with a bespoke meditation from Lottie.
I am delighted to have contributed two texts to Simon James' project "Electro Smog". "Electro Smog" is based around a series of electro-magnetic field recordings Simon made in the Shenzen electronics markets from which he has been able to generate mesmeric arrays of pulses, rhythms, tones and drones. One text is an interview with Simon about the project, the other a SF story written in response to Simon's work but constituting part of this slow Miasma of Decay project that I have been doing for a while. The hand-bound booklet is bi-lingual English / Chinese and, in keeping with the ecological themes of "Electro Smog," the audio tracks are packaged in recycled USB sticks (that can be customised by accompanying stickers).
You can order the album on bandcamp.