THE DARK MOUNTAIN PROJECT | Book cover and live art.
A cover and endpaper design commission - where an unbroken line snakes over front and back cover, started a strange and very rewarding process where I ended up reproducing the image as a five metres long mural over the weekend of Uncivilisation 2012 festival. Will update with better photography of the book soon as I get my hands on a copy. If anyone is interested, its the ridge of mountains down the spine of Skye, the Cuillin. Really happy with how it turned out.
The weekend was a really interesting one, listened to a lot of ideas, heard some great music, met some unique people. I've come back as a slightly reduced cynic. Read the book - its a great collection of art, poems and prose from disparate sources.
We came to this issue of Dark Mountain with a question, how do we begin to find our way home? When our stories have failed us and our maps have led us astray, how do we get our bearings? And what remnants might we find of the meaning and security for which a human home, if we are lucky, might stand?
We live in a time of loss. Think of the species which have passed out of being since you were born, the languages, the multitudes of ways of being and knowing. It is a time of lost certainties and lost people, falling through the patterns of pain, denial, anger, bargaining and despair that mark the experience of loss.
Directly or indirectly, often serendipitously, the writing and art collected here offers a space within which to begin facing our situation and finding what paths remain open to us.
In this issue, we also welcome the third member of our editorial team, the poet Adrienne Odasso. She has contributed greatly to what we believe is the strongest collection of poems yet in an issue of Dark Mountain.
Contents of Dark Mountain: Issue 3 include:
Paul Kingsnorth on 'Dark Ecology' and what still makes sense as a 'recovering environmentalist';
James Hester on the lessons to be drawn from history;
Conversations with Dmitry Orlov, Doug and Kris Tompkins and Sajay Samuel;
New fiction from Margaret Irish, Nick Hunt, Chris TT, David Kernohan and Gregory Norminton;
Caspar Henderson on our barely imagined prehistory;
Andrew Taggart weaves a path through the relationship between philosophy and nature;
Bridget McKenzie explores orchards and Phil Brachi searches for faeries;
New poetry from Em Strang, George Roberts, Roselle Angwin, Eleanor Rees and many others;
Plus photo essays, paintings, illuminated poetry and a unique, specially-commissioned cover from Sheffield artist Mattias Jones
Please purchase the book from here.