Monday, 11 April 2011

active not passive signs in wales

‘uncivilisation’ installation by the artist Jaime Jackson - iNTERTEXT Project, rigid pvc, inkjet print, aerosol paint, 2010.

To accompany the Dark Mountain Project Festival at the International Pavilion Llangollen Wales. Text edited from the Dark Mountain manifesto written by Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine. An excerpt is below.

‘These are precarious and unprecedented times. Our economies crumble, while beyond the chaos of markets, the ecological foundations of our way of living near collapse. Little that we have taken for granted is likely to come through this century intact.'

'We don’t believe that anyone – not politicians, not economists, not environmentalists, not writers – is really facing up to the scale of this. As a society, we are all still hooked on a vision of the future as an upgraded version of the present. Somehow, technology or political agreements or ethical shopping or mass protest are meant to save our civilisation from self-destruction.

It is time for new stories. The Dark Mountain Project intends to conjure into being new ways of seeing and writing about the world. We call this Uncivilisation.’

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