There’s a ton of information out there about the Baltic Sturgeon, one of the great success stories in this era of the sixth mass extinction event – here are a few historical places to start.
Has some details on first eating of sturgeon/caviar
Article on leaping behaviour
Sturgeon for tomorrow (fishermen + conservationsist)
Wiki in lithuanian
It isn’t just lichen that is threatened in Lithuania these days. Here are some links to other critters also having a hard time of it..
Alien Species on Lithuanian Fund for Nature
The Noble Beasts of Lithuania
Cute european mink now extinct in Lithuania
List of mammals in Lithuania (including extinct and endangered ones, ie. certain whales, porpoise etc.)
Sea holly, a spiky dune plant, aphrodisiac (in UK), supposedly on the Red List here, Eryngium maritimum
“Let the sky rain potatoes;
let it thunder to the tune of Green-sleeves,
hail kissing-comfits and snow eringoes [sea-holly],
let there come a tempest of provocation…” (from a Shakespeare play, can’t remember which)
Very detailed study, well nomination for UNESCO list, including some discussion of rare species (fish, mammals, plants, and birds) here (1999 – super out-of-date. Eg. they refer to something as rare but on IUCN its status is a-ok)
Today I read ‘The Fossils and The Bones,’ chapter 3 of Povinelli’s Geontologies (2016). Amazing! Related to the talk she gave at PAF, but more precise, sharply observed. It raises issues that seemed to me to resonate with your enigmatic term ‘Better Spectres,’ which I propose is a more suitable name for this project). She talks about how certain relations between life and non-life give rise to ‘manifestations’ in a world, that Povinelli argues contra to much of Speculative Realist thought which considers non-life as indifferent, is rather ‘intensely interested.’ Therefore when things are manifest or revealed, one is somehow compelled to be attentive, work out what it necessitates and act accordingly. For example, upon the revealing at low tide (karrabing) of a cave that contains a durlg bone:
The durlgmö may have buried itself as a statement of anger or jealousy … To avoid the malevolent effects of such jealousy one had to show one cared by going through the effort of visiting, talking about and interpreting the desires of things. One had to protect them from being unhinged and distended. Thus Bilawag told me not to tell any other white people where the bones were lest they come and dig them up, crate them up, and take them away. (p. 62)
Soon after, following an example of human bones being found in a mangrove Povinelli writes:
White people would be too quick to remove them, too numb to feel a non-human aboutness, towardness, wantness. They would instead rapidly isolate them, disrupting the coordination, orientation and obligation of existents that creates the in sutu. A double alienation threatened—in the sense of property law and the affective attachment of existents. (p. 69)
Povinelli threads through her observations a critique of Meillassoux’s trope of the arche-fossil. It’s good!
I coupled my reading with a trip to the amber museum, to see some of the local fossils. I was struck by some of the ‘jewelry’—amulets, ornaments, etc—of the local people from the neolithic period. The lady at the museum told me they were used for good luck, to ward off evil and also for their healing properties. They were also included in burial offerings.
Breathing (Carbon-based metabolism)
It is the larger, breathing drinking and perspiring public that is left out of the online chemistry lesson but is now an increasingly unavoidable factor in global life as every aspect of industrial based production and consumption is related back to the planetary carbon cycle … Indeed, the shift of scale entailed in the study of Anthropogenic climate change is what allows biologists to link the smallest unit of life and death to planetary life and death (the planetary carbon cycle). And this shift in scale allows the thought of extinction to scale up from the logic of species (species extinction) to planetary logic (planetary extinction).
(Povinelli 2016, pp. 42–43)
By way of toxicity in the smelting of mined Manganese, potentially sourced from the murder/desecration of Two Women Sitting Down.
Life and Nonlife breathe in and breathe out. Amd if Nonlife spawned Life, a current mode of Life may be returning the favour. (p. 44)
The event of becoming might have been the claim that Two Women Sitting Down did not die, was not murdered and was not desecrated. What she did was turn her back on the world as it is being organised by becoming something that will potentially extinguish that world and the way we exist in it. (p, 56)
Thus, leading onto the politics of making such claims.
Mushroom as a ‘figure’ between Nonlife and Life.
- also disappearing knowledges that correspond with disappearing species
- No Utopia (a modernist dream) Towards survivance, but must think through this carefully – heterotropia (Foucault), ‘futurology of the present’ (Cuevas-Hewitt)
- (Relates to history of PT, in that clinics would develop ‘socials’ that people were reluctant to leaveo
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.
Operating in fields of power / power = performance + propaganda
Undoing power (Valentina?)
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
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.
What calls to you.
Re PT, what ‘forces’ your symptoms indicate. What you are open to and what comes into you.
Hospitality, Care, Tourism
Is it a meal or dramaturgical gestures (Futurist cookbook)?
Eating the Spit / invasive species
Plant medicines / Wellbeing/Folk Medicines/Local Knowledge
‘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/
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
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)
Biogia: Myth, folkstory, philosophy, autobiography, essay
Ursula K. Leguin:
Queer, plant intelligence, other models of social behaviour
Plant intelligence ethics
Botany of Desire – plant politics, how plants have shaped and controlled people
The Happening (Film)
Having the story of a species etc
What is being attended to?/What is turning away?
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
(Also in Keybase)
The spit as a political tool / instrument
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?