Fowler
from Turning into the Night, Fowler dune shack, Provincelands, MA,September, 002018

We are experimenting with our own daily lives, using practices we've invented to enable us to project our imaginations into the cosmic scale of the material realities of life on Earth. Arguably, this is the only scale of materiality that human activity cannot alter. We have been inhabiting specific aspects of everyday life from within our understandings of 2500+ year old Daoist mindsets. Our intention is to explore their contemporary relevance and test out possibilities of translating and exapting them for living the Anthropocene.

From May 21-September 23, 002018, we performatively inhabited the time between sunset and sunrise without use of artificial light of any kind. During daylight hours, we reduced our time on digital screens. As evening approached, we observed our local landscape transition from duskinto night and darkness. We had planned to end the project on summer solstice, June 22, 002018. Instead, from the midst of the process, we decided to continue until autumn solstice (120+ Earth spins) and then adapt the project responsively to lengthening winter nights.

We have arrived at the conviction that this act of making ourselves aware of the transition-hinges of day becoming night, night becoming day, and intentionally dwelling within the monumental changings of light into dark, dark into light, is a form of environmental practice. It is a practice that, as Clark Strand puts it, adjusts our eyes to the “strange light of this world,” and allows us “to experience what our minds have never known but what our bodies still remember,” namely, ancestral timescapes and the modes of land inhabitation that they made possible. Strand calls this an attempt to “reach around the Anthropocene” and back in time and human cultures inan effort to “catch glimpses of what might have existed before the Anthropocene.” He sees “dark night” practices as ways to recognize self (human being) as part of the landscape of the world, rather than as a thing onto itself or as a figure against the ground of nature to which nature is invisible.

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smudge studio's experimental visual/textual response to living Turning into the Night will be published in 002019 as part of ΠCase Files Vol.2 (punctum books). The publication will be available online in 2019 and launched as a physical book in January 002020.

Turning into the Night is part of a larger smudge studio project, East is a Circle.

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Related FOP posts:

WITHIN DARK THERE IS LIGHT, WITHIN LIGHT THERE IS DARK: AUTUMN EQUINOX IN THE PROVINCELANDS

MAKING TEA AND LIFE AT THE 23.5 DEGREE TILT OF THE EARTH

SOME KIND OF BLUE

“AND YET IT MOVES”: GALILEO’S ECHO, 400 YEARS LATER

TURNING INTO THE NIGHT

 

 

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