On Change #1: A new start
01.18.2014, 6:47 pm
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“How to grasp fully the effects of a warming global temperature may require some originality of thought and action that is not yet clear to us. Routine and revelation have always been steadfast allies, and it is my suspicion that such an imagination arrives most frequently through measured work, and that local epiphanies are a common product of rote discipline. At a time when apocalyptic rhetoric so often colors the conversation around changing global ecologies, it may be useful to consider what are sometimes called repetitive motion tasks.” – Akiko Busch, from The Incidental Steward

imageBrooklyn, New York, 1.13.14, 10am EST, 42 degrees

It’s a new year and we’re trying out a new format. In 2014 we will aiming for short-form posts and different content here on FOP. For the next little, or perhaps long while, we will share quick, unfinished thoughts related to observations on impermanence and responses and practices related to change itself.

These relays might take the form of short statements, questions, sets of images, field sketches or data recordings made at various locations. The content may or may not be as literally geological as it has been in the past four years.

We’re doing this because we feel that we’re in the midst of a changing world-reality.  That reality clearly includes monumental geologic change that is Anthropocene-epoch making in scale. But, in order to get a sense of how the monumental plays out at the scale of human lives, we will start small and cultivate practices for regularly and simply paying attention to change itself  as it occurs in our daily lives — on its way to adding up to much larger world realities.

The planetary change that humans already are embedded in activates forces that we associate with the geologic, geographic, seasonal, cultural, economic, environmental, linguistic, cognitive, social, emotional — and more. It’s from various perspectives on change that we aim to blog in 2014. Our friends back in the Pleistocene were also engaged in observing and practicing monumental change as they began to stand upright, find food, and develop communities as means of adjusting to evolving daily life realities of their own epoch of climate change.

So, we look forward to “being with” the realities of change itself as it unfolds this coming year. We will use this blog to develop ways to make various forces of change relevant to contemporary conversations in the arts, sciences, media studies, and beyond. We are scheduled to take up two extended residencies in New Mexico and Norway in the early part of 2014.  We sense that they will be key locations from which to signal the work as it’s in progress.

So, starting from where we are, literally from what’s right in front of us outside the window:  We offer an image of the white brick wall we now look out on here in Brooklyn. After more than a decade facing a bright red building, FOP has moved locations.  We now face a fundamentally different view. Though such a change might appear minor, overall, the move has shaken loose all kinds of habitual assumptions and perspectives that had taken root, many without us taking note. This blank slate is where we will start again.

We’re currently dis-located, and from here, it’s easier to notice details large and small. Pretty much everything feels new and somethings feel entirely foreign. We’re not quite sure yet where we’ve landed.  We appear to be in a generative time and location to try out new thoughts and practices while the changes and new sensations are still raw.

image_4Brooklyn, New York, 1.13.14, 12pm EST, 45 degrees

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Looking forward to your change in perspective …

Comment by Claire Milloy

thank you for posting. also looking forward to your future insights!

Comment by Meridith

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