2086 Field trip & picnic – what a day!

After many weeks traipsing through the dunes, forest and beach, collecting spruce shoots, nettles, raspberry leaves and mosquito bites, talking to local biologists and foragers, concocting jellies and pancakes and fermented sodas, we finally hosted our annual field trip & picnic on 22 June 2086!

Thanks to everyone who came along – amateur lichenologists, artists, interpagans and everything in between. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed out on this bumper edition, here’s a taste of what the Society got up to.

Meeting point at Nida carpark

follow the fish!

Toasting the locally extinct arctic raspberry, and the alive and well wild strawberry, with wild strawberry kvass (fermented soda).

UFO landing site. Space lichen, astrobiology and Cold War luxuries.

Blinis with un-caviar. One amateur lichenologist dollops a spoonful of un-caviar onto another’s blini, saying, ‘kosmičeskije sso-sstanivlenija‘ (‘in cosmic co-becomings’).

Flummery! Made with agar and blueberries from the old forest. The Permian mass extinction and microplastic futures.

The Great Tuning Fork

Also big thanks to Sepideh Ardalani for helping with food wizardry, Diana Pusko for foraging advice, the interpagan intentional community for their un-caviar, and Nida Art Colony for letting us crash their symposium! See you next year!

wild strawberry kvass

More experimenting with kvass, a fermented soda popular in Russia that can be made with any number of things.

Our second attempt uses wild strawberries – Fragaria vesca, ‘fraisier des bois’ – collected around the beach at Nida. Evidence from archaeological excavations suggests that Fragaria vesca has been consumed by humans since the Stone Age http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue1/tomlinson/part2.html#S711

Recipe from Sandor Katz here

Seems you basically just cover the berries in sugar water, 1:1.5 ratio, and wait.
Let’s see..!

We would have like to have tried this with the arctic raspberry or arctic bramble, the ‘superior berry’ (rubus arcticus) of the sub-arctic region, but that’s now extinct in Lithuania. In other places it’s also on the decline – in Finland the decrease in forest fires have adversely affected it (it likes the nutrients from forest ash and post-fire gets a better run than competitors); while in Estonia and Scandinavia, agricultural and forestry developments which drain soil have had an impact, since it likes wet soil and in dry conditions is overgrown and replaced by other species.


 [image from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/79/Rubus_arcticus.jpg/440px-Rubus_arcticus.jpg ]

https://www.balticforestry.mi.lt/bf/PDF_Articles/2011-17[2]/Vool_2011%2017(2)_170_178.pdf

flummery

flummery is both a fluffy 17th-19th century dessert pudding, and a load of nonsense.

‘It’s not the age of reason … it’s the era of flummery, and the day of the devious approach’ –Trouble with Lichen (1960)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flummery

some incredible specimens here
http://www.historicfood.com/Jellies.htm

& a little on isinglas (swim bladders of sturgeon) which were a common ingredient in flummery
https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/news/weird-ingredient-wednesday-isinglass-or-why-your-guinness-has-fish-it-0161766/

Yellow Flummery

a pretty basic recipe here, using berries https://permaculture.com.au/davidson-plum-rainforest-flavours-in-the-kitchen/

https://1tess.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/blueberry-gems/ 
https://books.google.lt/books?id=uCRdqi4lvK8C&pg=PA53&lpg=PA53&dq=blueberry+flummery&source=bl&ots=edOyqufQi6&sig=PMLJOx7XcWqKqtV8xYPuiGvQRNQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMx5Cfz9jbAhXBDywKHQ1lCmwQ6AEIazAO#v=onepage&q=blueberry%20flummery&f=false

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/2i8iz3ay/blueberry-flummery.html

Political Therapy

Political Therapy (PT)

Treating politicians (LOL)

I went to a talk by Camille Robcis last week at the ICI , who outlined some of her work on the history Institutional Psychotherapy in the post-war period: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/camille-robcis/  She focused on François Tosquelles at St Alban in France, and also touched on Fanon and Guattari. One of the ideas that seems consistent in all the ideas of PT that I have encountered is an aversion to finding a ‘cure’ and rather practitioners seem more concerned, in varying degrees, with socialising identified problems, and understanding these ‘conditions’ as being symptoms of systemic issues. ‘Disalienation’: https://www.ici-berlin.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ICI_Programme_Radical-Psychiatry.pdf

Arguably some parallels to the ‘conscious raising’ exercises of Plan C and potential of Fisher’s ‘Acid Communism’— which is funnily enough supposedly about the plasticity of reality realized through the psychedelic experimentation of the 1960s.

Also interesting to note, although I’m not quite sure how it fits in here, but Guattari is supposed to have abandoned the idea of the individual, coming to understand it as a ‘fiction of psychoanalysis’ (cited in Preciadio?). Deleuze goes on to to propose the idea of the ’dividual at the onset of information society. Alienation becomes atomisation, a development that is arguably intensified in the current epoch of socialised surveillance and data-capitalism.

Draw parallels between the psychotherapeutic break(down) from the individual to the biological sciences, for eg moving towards notions of the ‘human biome’—an ‘array of bodies’ (Bennett)— and as Povinelli, Bennett, Thacker discuss how we cannot consider ourselves ‘closed systems.’ Also can think here with N. Katherine Hayles’ ‘cognitive worlds’ (Unthought).

 

Leans towards D&G’s assemblage and event.

 

Power

Operating in fields of power / power = performance + propaganda

Undoing power (Valentina?)

 

Rituals

What washes up on the shore? Gifts from the sea!

 

‘Churning of the Milky Ocean’ a tug-o-war between the devas and Asuras in Hinduism

‘Churning of the Plastic Ocean!’ LOL

 

Tea ceremonies / meditations

Singing

I’ve been thinking about singing as a rhetorical device for the SF presentation I’m to do at Be.Bop. (partly in response to seeing Kodwo use the same device of word deviation, word play for several years and trying to think of another way around it). I just came across this on a Karrabing blog post by Povinelli:

The ancestors of the Karrabing were renowned song-men, who composed songs about their country, many of which Karrabing members still compose and sing. But it isn’t merely the content of the song—its lyrical or musical composition—that is key to its ethical nature. It is act of singing. In hearing people sing the land feels recognized—attended to.
https://open.abc.net.au/explore/29831

 

Masks

http://africanah.org/dancing-kabra-mask/

 

Possession

What calls to you.
Re PT, what ‘forces’ your symptoms indicate. What you are open to and what comes into you.

Hospitality, Care, Tourism

 

Picnic

Staging
Is it a meal or dramaturgical gestures (Futurist cookbook)?

Props/Equipment/Utensils (plastics?)

Location/Site

Eating the Spit / invasive species

Plant medicines / Wellbeing/Folk Medicines/Local Knowledge

Salt
‘Toxins out and toxics in.’

Mushrooms (August–October) preserved?

Acacias: leaves (flavoring, teas, decoctions), seeds (wattle roasted, flour), gum (antiseptic balm, gum arabic), flowers (pancakes)

‘In Ayurvedic medicine, Acacia leaves, flowers, and pods have long been used to expel worms, to staunch bleeding, heal wounds, and suppress the coughing up of blood. Its strong astringent action is used to contract and toughen mucous membranes throughout the body in much the same way as witch hazel or oak bark.’ https://www.cloverleaffarmherbs.com/acacia/

Herbs

Lichen
Moss

Storytelling

Haraway:

Storytelling for Earthly Survival — ‘Survivance’ (Vizenor, TallBear, Todd, Povinelli) and the critiques of fetishizing of Indigenous techniques and strategies in contemporary art (O’Reilly)

Camille Stories, Children of Compost — Instructional. Multigenerational communities of intent. Queer, biotechnical

Elizabeth Povinelli

Rather we were to consider them dynamic personalities like any person or nonperson has a personality—they have a tendency to behave in certain ways but can also surprise a person. And so people sought out others they knew who had long experience with specific forms of existents like tjelbak or Bulgul; put their heads together in often competitive, status-enhancing, or diminishing conversations; and added up all the potential variables for why something might be doing something. This was then called a “joinimup story” in the local creole. (Geontologies 2016, p. 129)

Extinction Studies (2017)
Multiple temporalities and fruitful deaths. (p.10)

Michel Serres:

Biogia: Myth, folkstory, philosophy, autobiography, essay

Ursula K. Leguin:

Octavia Butler:

Queer, plant intelligence, other models of social behaviour

Michael Marder:

Plant intelligence ethics

Michael Pollen:

Botany of Desire – plant politics, how plants have shaped and controlled people

 

The Happening (Film)

 

Storying place

Having the story of a species etc

What is being attended to?/What is turning away?

 

Assemblages

Word cloud (Groys) / Democratising words (Marinetti)

 

Two Women Sitting Down, ‘turning away’

 

‘The drama of extinction’ as reflected in infrastructural projects

The National Park as national monument

UNESCO World Heritage as a museum

 

‘Critical tourism’
http://www.nidacolony.lt/images/log05.pdf

(Also in Keybase)

 

The spit as a political tool / instrument

weathercocks

See folder in Keybase Bibliothek

Ok a first thought and not at all developed but the local weathercocks are striking and unique. In an explanatory sign on the promenade it mentioned something about how local mysticism is founded on the unpredictability of the lagoon’s currents or weather. I thought this might be one possible starting gesture for the Society, to design our own weathercocks as a kind of mascot or icon. There is also a lasercutter here, which would be interesting to utilise, enabling us to do some complex designs. Might be something to think about for the Crystal Pavilion?