"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.
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.
A nice review in The Wire of Cathy Lane and my book Sound arts now. It says a "fantastic book" and other nice things but there are also challenges by writer Brian Morton around such things as: the balance between interviewer and interviewee, a question if analysis is with-held in favour of exposition, whether 'sound arts' is larval, academic or otherwise institutional, how the choices of subject were made and how the reader accesses the art works or compositions discussed, especially when they are not documented in photographs in this uniformbooks publication.
A nice review of Cathy Lane's and my book "Sound arts now" by Greg Thomas in the June issue of Art Monthly. I like the summary that appears in the first paragraph: "A collection of meandering but geographically and socially contextualised discussions - almost like qualitative research materials - takes us from Brighton to Beirut and beyond, in many cases via Skype or Zoom, to establish some of the contemporary geographies, sociologies and economics of sound arts while looking beyond a network of 'white men from the Global North'".
This mixed media contribution investigates the multiple modes of inscription possible within a practice-based investigation of the Sonic Anthropocene. Drawing upon critical contexts from Geology, Geography and Anthropology, and the relations between writing, bodies and earthly matters, the authors suggest a re-writing occurs in mediated acts such as field recording (phonography). Microphonic translations from the field not only re-inscribe sites, plural; they
Delighted that "Sound arts now" is published, this is my third collaboration with Cathy Lane is available through uniformbooks. All information here. Cover photo is of Elsa M'bala and was taken by Simone Gilges.
"Everything Looks Different in the Dark" is a pretty amazing review by Anneka French of Fleur Olby's "Velvet Black" and my "Night Blooms" from a recent issue of Photomonitor. I've loved "Photomonitor" for the ten years of so since I first came across it so this is a real treat.
Fleur Olby’s ‘Velvet Black’ (2018) and Angus Carlyle’s ‘Night Blooms’ (2020) contain photographs of flowers and other natural phenomena in darkness. The two small publications share mutual interests in the beauty and escapism that nature often provides, something that is especially critical at times of crisis. Indeed, Camden Art Centre’s current high-profile online exhibition ‘The Botanical Mind’ and recent articles in Apollo and Elephant magazines have highlighted this need, offering screen-based botanical experiences from home. ‘Night Blooms’ and ‘Velvet Black’ draw out other facets of this relationship with nature, one that is complicated as we continue to interfere, ever struggling to get to grips with nature’s rhythms and its chaos. Explored explicitly in Carlyle’s book through photographs taken in fleeting snatches on solitary runs, this relationship is more subtly alluded to in Olby’s via staged floral still-lives.