Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Monday, May 4, 2020

Take My Summer Class!

You can find out more about it here. We can Zoom together for a too-short month this summer, and I'll teach you for two hours a day, three days a week. Classes are at 8:15am Houston time, which is early afternoon in Europe and a not-impossible 9:15pm in Japan.

You can sign up to audit too.

Tim Morton being weird, three days a week, two hours a day, in your bluetooth speakers or whatever?

I'm not doing any lectures, so this is your chance to see where my mind is at. In addition to talking about ecology I am very highly trained at how to read things, because of my background in literary criticism and theory. Here's why this is important:

“Global warming” versus “climate change.” “Welfare” versus “social security” (which is what they used to call the exact same thing in the UK). Fake news. Tweets. What “they” think. Propaganda. “Science.” “Art.” These are just individual words and phrases and they have so much power. Power over us. This class is designed to help you extricate yourself from the gravitational fields of these words and concepts. By training you from the ground up in how to read any text at all, and how to write (not fancy stuff, but how to understand what you’re learning by doing it yourself), you will gain some immunity from propaganda and fake news and be able to help build a world based on decent sound facts.

A fact is an interpretation of data. The humanities is pre-science, like pre-med is what you take before medical school. In the middle ages, before you got to make scientific facts, you learned how to have facts at all. You learned the basic operating system of meaning (grammar), how to have meaning that was coherent (logic), and how to convey that to others (rhetoric).

Global warming data is way, way scarier than existing scientific facts. That’s because for years scientists were trying to make facts that would appeal to global warming deniers. This was a losing game. They already lost just by trying to play it. They should’ve taken this class.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Here's This Thing I Wrote Six Years Ago with Björk

"I really like your song ‘Virus’. Being alive means being susceptible to viruses and so on. And far more generally, viruses, patterns, appearance, flowers, art--these are all far from useless, they are intrinsic parts of being a thing at all." From This Huge Sunlit Abyss from the Future Right There Next to You

I'll Be Teaching at Sci-Arc in the Fall

Sci-Arc in LA is starting a new "landscape architecture" masters program only it's not called that. It's called Synthetic Landscape, which is a very interesting and I think progressive name. And I've been drafted to help out a little. So...not sure exactly what form the classes will take, what with CoVID-19 and all. But please take a look if you're interested. It will be an honor to work alongside Graham and the rest of the crew!

Here's the page for that.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Architecture Review at Pratt

It was so so good to do this. The Dean established the most amazing form, you'll see.


Friday, January 31, 2020

If You Haven't Seen The Video of The Song Yet

...you are an idiot, or a coward. Or a snob. Or all three. This is a geotrauma love song and I don't care what you think of who made it. This is singing to the whole biosphere and to the one and only beloved being. This is all humans and one human.

If all that I'm on earth
To do
Is solo
Then what a lone, poor shoe
I wanna walk in a two.





Fish fell out of water
Bird stuck on the ground.

My favorite children's book was Fly Away Peter. It was about a giraffe with a long neck and a bird who couldn't fly. And they made friends and helped each other. And it's in Humankind, the final chapter.

Friday, January 24, 2020

I Wrote This Poem

The Customer Is Always Right

So American, how
You tore me open and tossed
Me, a broken toy.