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Everything is twisted. Twisted Futures is a lyric essay about action-oriented perception, polymorphic relationships twisting in nature, culture, species, science, tools, techniques, infrastructures, time, and the rights of things, including what knot to do, and other "yes" typologies. Twisted Futures begins 28,000 years in the past, with the first clay-etched evidence of rope-making; here, an algorithmic epoch begins. Twist in theories of complexity (from the Latin complexus, com- "together" + plectere, "to braid," basically meaning "to twist"); twist in the geographers of the unknown splendors still all-around us. Twist in being stripped, being smashed, torn apart: into fibers, strands, yarns. The repetition of lyrical lines that grow. Net. So things can be moved. So we can be more moving. Twist in TET cables, sky-hooks, heavy-petting transgenic golden-goat-trip-zoos, and other orbs. Twist in radically imaginative communities. Twist in the time before the Depression Dignitaries arrive. Twist in the onslaught of truly bizarre dreams. Twist in something to hang everything on, more or less.
Embrace your twisted natures. Be twisted.
Eric Ellingsen started Species of Space in 2009. He has taught architecture and landscape architecture, and is currently codirecting and teaching art in Berlin at the Institut für Raumexperimente. Education is one of his passions, and he also performs and writes translation experiments, essays, and fictionpoetry. Some writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Beloit, Dear Sir, Landarēfa, Landscape Journal, Nimrod, PANK, Shampoo, and the Scientist, among others. From art institutions like the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) to architecture departments like the ETH (Zurich), Ellingsen combines lectures on ecology and the philosophy of nature with architectural/art-based performance and video. He is also working on sound-space installations and an urban-hunting /mobile-food project with a food-systems planner. Sometimes he performs one-word poems in which he says the word" heart" over and over again. His book of lyrical things Phantom Builde, is coming soon from Broken Demanche Press.
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