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!

Have you seen this fish?

This year the Amateur Lichenologists Society was invited to have a presence in Vilnius, with the opportunity to show some work alongside Žilvinas Landzbergas in the Vilnius Academy of Arts Glass Pavilion, as part of the exhibition Teleport to Nida.

That’s our life-size baltic sturgeon on the glass (long ago extinct in the wild), the exact length of the last one caught in the Baltic Sea. Here also is the text that went along with the display:

“Did you know that the iconic Baltic Sturgeon is considered a ‘living fossil’ that was for a short time extinct here in Lithuania? The Sturgeon’s ancestors survived ‘the Great Dying’ (the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event) some 200 million years ago, in which 96% of marine life disappeared. In 1996 the last wild specimen of this prehistoric fish to be found in the Baltic Sea was hauled out at a remote island in Estonia, 2.9 metres long and weighing 136 kg. In 2057, after decades of a committed reintroduction program, healthy adults born in captivity and released into the Neman River were once again observed at the Curonian Spit, leaping from the water in what some believe is a kind of communion with their oddly kindred space lichen.”

 

Timing

There is a thing here about sundials. (Again see folder in Keybase Bibliothek)

There is an artist here setting one up at Nida.

One of the things we discussed at Massia was running a workshop that aligned with plant time, rather than the Gregorian calendar. (Also something that came up as I complete my ‘review’ of Trade Markings…almost there).

In terms of staging I remember being told about one of Zoe Scoglio’s pieces which took place in a rarely used car-racing course on the edge of Melbourne city, which she had choreographed and timed to coincide with a full moon rising. I thought this was an aspect we could work with if we continue to work with the idea of the ‘landscape as a score.’

Also, to more generally emphasising the liberating aspects of removing oneself from Apple-Atomic clock time and being more attentive to circadian rhythms / seasons.

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.

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