smudge book of changes | smudge studio 2017

A six-page chapbook delineating our current, translational approach to artistic practice.

The question of how to live challenges and realities of the Anthropocene intensifies.  It has led many in the humanities to call for creative engagement with ancient human practices, myths, and cosmologies.

We respond to that call by drawing on practices of ancient Chinese painters and poets as creatively interpreted by David Hinton.  Hinton's work has introduced us Chinese sages who activated aesthetic experience as a vehicle for arriving at no separation between one’s sense of self and the cosmos. Their mediums consisted of retreats to mountains to walk, practice meditation, observe, paint, compose poetry, make calligraphy, drink tea, and join image with text.

Working from here and now, we have set out to devise and enact contemporary translations of ancient aesthetic practices such as these.

We take up our new, translational project from many hundreds of years after the ancients and from across deep cultural difference. We are propelled to reach across time and distant ways of being by the growing awareness of the Anthropocene—the current epoch of human impact on the environment at a geologic scale, a time when humans are reaching material limits of many forms of life on the planet.

Download a digital copy (8MB) of the chapbook here. Printed chapbooks will be available in late Fall 002017.

To read more, see the related FOP post: Meeting the Path of Totality: 2017 Solar Eclipse




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