“Sqruark?” asked the Heron
“Producing generative fictions that pose, model and enact alternative modes of embodiment and knowledge.” I said.
“Eh BOMP” asked the bittern.
I sighed. “Let me expand. Producing – Through the use of painting, writing, music, video and installation.
Generative Fictions – Imagined frameworks or constructed scenarios that set themselves up in opposition to/are in conflict with/deviate from an established consensual reality and are themselves productive. For instance the fiction of an artist living in a world of harmonious symbiosis between all life.
Pose – meaning either presenting or assuming a particular position.
Model – the representation of a proposed structure and it’s simplified workings, but which always exists in some degree of isolation from its eventual intended context and is therefore a fragment, a dream.
Enact – to put in to practice, carry out or in some way reify or make manifest the model or plan.
Alternative – departing from or challenging a norm. For instance declaring that there is a way of organising life that is not economic or prioritised according to financial growth. “It is as if the side-paths have been overgrown and forgotten, as history tends to do” as Kai Althoff said.
Mode – the way in which something is experienced. Like the medium of embodiment.”
“Dadim cheep cheep”, Interjected a reed warbler with a seemingly unrelated comment.
“Um, sort of, conventionally meaning someone or something that"
"someone...that...contains a quality or idea. But, I mean the sensation of being a body that is and contains the sense of self or multiple selves.
Then there's Knowledge – The facts and information that inform the way we live. I’m specifically thinking about developing a living wisdom in contrast to an inherited history or knowledge system which, if unquestioned, turns in to dogma. For instance the insistence on burning, extracting and farming peatlands in the face of the conclusive evidence of the environmental benefits of peat - like it efficiently sequestering carbon and supporting biodiverse ecosystems.”
“mna mna”, said the otter.
“To find realities in stories within stories. As Timothy Morton writes “They who adjust the past hold open all kinds of futures”. My practice harnesses the constellation of elements that affirm the lack of a single stable reality.”