In exhibitions of contemporary art, the “Anthropocene” has become a cliché, folded into the usual mix of art jargon. Recent exhibition titles that include as subtitle some variation of “art and climate change” or “art and the Anthropocene” are too numerous to list. The rhetorical construction alone is telling. Framing the climate as a distinct concept for art, another notion to explore, creates an illusion of intellectual distance. But the reality of climate change isn’t a topic for some art to address; rather, it is a historical condition that informs all contemporary art.
My flickr stream is one that is highly curated. I look for similarities or disparities that tie the images together. I treat my flickr stream as a 24/7/365 gallery.
Using Lightroom it is easy to duck and weave around and collate worthwhile images that can then be later drawn upon to upload. Tools like Lightroom and Aperture have made the process possible. Otherwise locating specific images in my unwieldy 200000+ image library would be nigh on impossible.
This forms part of my view most days from around 7:30 to 4:30 each day. The space is shared with me by either one or both of our kittens Spike & Smudge.
This room has a Northerly aspect. I get to watch the light all day. It’s marvellous. The kittens are good company too.
I recently read somewhere, perhaps in a Bryan Formals newsletter, that one way to cope with the overwhelming news of the Pandemic, begin one’s day by Output rather than Input.
So this morning I went out and made pictures in the still wet backyard, we’ve had tons of rain here, it cried out to have some pictures made. Then I wrote this blog post. I have yet to open my email or a webpage other than flickr.
Walking is a side interest of mine. There are parts of my suburb, Sunshine, that I walk often. As for the remainder of Melbourne, I usually drive or catch a train to any other destinations. Driving allows me some flexibility in terms of equipment. I can carry everything. Walking requires a choice. Usually Digital or Analogue. Mostly Digital if I was honest.
Through Andy Adams I discovered Craig Mod. Craig is an expatriate of the USA living in Japan. He walks A LOT. He is a writer, photographer, and walker. I first heard of him and his unusual publishing experiment in May last year. The premise is simple and something I have long wondered about. He texted an image once a day over six weeks as he walks 1000 kilometres in Japan. He also recorded a sound bite at the same time each morning. The pictures were sent via SMS each morning Japan time. You could if chose respond. However, Craig would not see or know of your response until the end of the journey. Here are his 3 parameters for the whole affair.
- I’m curious about using the network to publish without being used by it.
- I’m curious about fleeting, non-permanent online gatherings.
- I’m curious about drawing “edges” around walks.
A few days ago, Craig published an essay on a walk he conducted the full length of the Ise-ji path starting at Ise Grand Shrine up north, ending some eight days later at Hayatama Shrine in Shingu down south. It’s a long read but Craig is an excellent writer.
Given Australia’s colonisation there are very few tracks of this nature here by Westerners.. The first people’s of this county have many I’m sure. There are some that I am aware of, Tasmania for example has several. Most National and State parks have some short walks too. An interesting side note would be that all of the new infrastructure projects here in Melbourne at least, often include a bike path.