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Three Probabilities

Three Probabilities is the title of  an event at USF Courtyard, Bergen from 19.04.11 to 25.04.11 where Alain Ayers will show some new small scale work.

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Borealis and the Dreyblatt concert Bergen

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Wake Island, the dream out of time continues

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First of all its Ballard – My Dream of Flying to Wake Island – then after the 9.0 earthquake off Sendai in Japan the reports of a Tsunami warning for Wake Island and through a search into information about the island a link through the website Ballardian, to the Swedish film maker Solveig Nordlund and her film.

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“In 2002 the Ballardian feature-film universe expanded substantially with the release of Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude, Solveig Nordlund’s artfully rendered riff on JG Ballard’s 1976 short story, ‘Low-Flying Aircraft’. Seen mainly at film festivals, this Portuguese-Swedish co-production was a welcome addition to the Ballard filmography.”

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In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Japan, the legacy of  a nuclear radiation, the Pacific WWII  battles, the history of the island and our current awareness of wind carried radiation (since Chernobyl) that would cross the pacific towards the USA trips out our imagination in a way that Ballard would see.

Traveling to Wake Island now would be perfect timing, close to an edge of past present and future, a place out of time. A place of the ‘mythology of the future’.

Ask Nature

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Asking Nature something  presumes that there is such a thing as Nature, but here we have a site with a purpose  for Nature. Nature is reconfigured into a  resource of interaction, ideas and facsimiles for application into the human world. Such depth mining will be continually fascinating but the solutions may be eternally superficial as well. The goal appears to be financial masquerading as humanistic. We shall see, in due course, as ever. As for being a new kind of search engine with ethical intent, who knows, when the web and life is already everything and everywhere. Biochemical solutions could mean biochemical problems with the eye always on the end product and not the processes of production, extinction and trail damage en route. Timothy Morton’s writing on – ecomimesis – and the concept of – ecology without nature – may be a good antidote for this kind of techno-spiritual mimesis. Ask Nature looks smooth but is it asset mining with an ecological twist? Can studying schools of fish really make a smart car, if the smart car has to be built with something and run on something else. The idea of total synthesis where we get exactly what we desire with no nightmare is  probably not just around the next bend in the river or the glass clad lab. If a super life saving drug turns up that cures all, or a free, limitless energy supply reveals itself then we are home free, aren’t we? Then what?

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The Aesthetics of Music and Sound

After listening to Haydn Dickenson play Part and Claus Garn on Resonance FM some enquiry leads to a new world of sound. Then again Part is special to us both because we met in Tallinn and its as if he lured us together in that strange and timeless city on the Baltic periphery.

Granta – Pakistan

How a group of writers and artists can change the way we think about places, history and a mainstream media viewpoint. More to be eased out of this publication for study in days to come, an image from the artist Imran Qureshi  for example, a line from a poem by Daniyal Mueenuddin or a paragraph from The Trials of Faisal Shahzad. A cultural shock and awe, that resonates with our own sensations of what we always thought, more powerful and sustainable than any violent suppression.

Barthes – The Preparation of the Novel

The idea of eight elliptical plans for an unwritten novel is an inspiration and a journey that needs to be taken.