: FIRST STEPS
first step is an exercise in what could be called 'Gaia-
graphy' and relies on image as well as imagination."
I arrived in this valley I heard that a river flowed through
it. When I
front of me walked a man who knew
where he was going.
the valley's summer
yellows and occasional shades of
stopped where sere earth
and rocks overlooked the place where
a river had flowed
before the drought.
millions of years, Gaia's telchine had tried fitting
hominid parts, living Tinkertoys with small brains,
legs; large brain, standing upright, short arms, fingers,
"applied the elaborate technology of human implants
organs to the creation of" a homunculus
in pre-paid corporate
clouds. "We are subjects under construction, we
are always becoming
me he is an ex-Catholic monk; I said I'm an ex-Zen
said he was leaving soon
to find a shaman. Since then the
returned many times while he hasn't appeared again.
I am leaping synaptic gaps between an Anthropocene
lithic, knowledge and gnosis, tapping into
an Internet huddling around
tribal fires, revising the steps our ancestors took
now seen only in dreams.
step: A. Arenes, B. Latour, and J. Gaillardet, "Giving
Depth to the Surface: An Exercise in the Gaia-graphy of Critical
Zones." The Anthropocene Review. 5 (2) 2018.
of Gaia, they were skilled in metallurgy, shapeshifting
and climate change.
on the Pythagorean right triangle,
Tinkertoys are made of wooden
spools and sticks. Besides
a toy for children, they have
been used to create complex
Piercy, He, She
and It. New York, 1991.
homunculus: Paracelsus, De
rerum naturae (1537) “...from
such Artificiall men, when
they come to Mans age, are
made Pygmies, Gyants, and
other great and monstrous
are the instruments of great
a tool for
are subjects: R.
is a radical
and anti-fascism.'” CCCBLAB,