Politics

More land art with the degrowth gang

I am looking forward to holding another land art and sense-based learning workshop with the researchers at the Pufendforf Institute at Lund University. It is part of a two-day symposium titled ‘Dialogues on degrowth: Good life, consumption and transformation’. The programme consists of a roundtable, three participatory sessions and several art events. I’ll post photographs […]

If we are going to work less, does that mean we will play more?

Lund university, founded in 1666, and its research centre the Pufendorf Institute. That was where I met up with the Degrowth research group on 18th March 2016. I had been invited by the coordinators, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Alexander Paulsson to hold a workshop for the research group that would use different methods – visual art, drama, […]

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved.
You ever notice that trees do everything to get attention we do, except walk?

Alice Walker – The Color Purple

Teddy-bears, jellyfish, zombies, piercings, felt-tips – Malmö seriefest 2016

There was something for everyone at Malmö Seriefest, April 2-3 2016, in Malmö’s central library. Here’s the organising team, from left to right: Natalia Batista Olivia Skoglund Mattis Telin-Örnblom Eileen Laurie Sofia Hedman And this is what the Swedish press – Sydsvenska – had to say. Sofia and I hung out, and counted the number […]

The truth will set you free.
But first it will piss you off.

Gloria Steinem

Pray for the dead and work like hell for the living

I have been volunteering in community gardens in Malmö for the last four years as well growing as much as I can on my balcony and window ledges. Yet this summer, when visiting friends in England and Scotland, both gardeners, my partner and I realised it was time for our own allotment. The allotments are […]

Comics, cosplay and child-catching – a weekend at Copenhagen Comics

Continuing my tour of Nordic comic festivals, I took the train from Malmö, over the always impressive Øresund Bridge (perhaps familiar to viewers of The Bridge) to attend Copenhagen Comics, a biennial comic fest. Their website and programmes are, bizarrely when so much else is translated into English in the Nordic countries, only available in […]

Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

Jeder Mensch ein Künstler?

I visited Copenhagen with my friend Rebecca on Saturday. We did our usual mix of art, walking, chat and food, this time with the added fun of a canal boat tour (where a bunch of very rowdy Dutch guys confirmed that everyone can be a loud, annoying tourist, no matter where you are from). This […]