aerograms from the by&by

“There are far more sophisticated ways to slide the time scale into overlapping frames. [Masanobu] Fukuoka deals with time stacking. What we observe in Nature is a set of successional elements….What Fukuoka did was to lift these years and set them on top of each other. He didn’t have to fallow, because he never removed the main part of the crop from the soil. He stacked his legumes with his grains, with his ducks, and with his frogs….He started the next crop before the last crop was finished. Besides pushing sequences on top of each other, he also pushed sequences into each other.”*

If the first of the three installations, a 1:1 map of itself, uses various mythopoetic tropes to explore ways in which past and present are intertwined, and if aeolian harps reflects upon the presence of loss within the present, then aerograms from the by&by is preoccupied with both eutopian and dystopian imaginings of a future. As with the previous two rooms, this video would occupy much of an entire wall. The accompanying visual record would be installed by chance and left to others to determine The script (below) is a poem that samples passages from post-apocalyptic and speculative fiction, intermixed with resources on homesteading and permaculture.

“To slide the time scale into overlapping frames…”

* “Transcript of a Permaculture Design Course by B. Mollison (1.0-4).”