FIELDS: Mono>PermaCultures / 2013

Handmade publication. Edition of 120 copies.

Letter pressed cover

 

Monoculture is the cultivation of a single crop over a wide area. It can also refer to the predominance of one culture over another and the precedence of specialized knowledge over localized knowledge; it is an acute symptom of Hyper-capitalist hegemony.

This publication attempts to outline how Hegemony and the Monoform emerged via a mechanistic theory of nature, the negative effects of this, and the potential contraction of this particular system, concurrent with a gradual shift in our way of thinking and doing.

 

Any positive change will rely on a fundamental shift in our attitude to nature as an inert thing to be dominated and exploited, and a radical change in our pattern of consumption. For many growing up in contemporary cities, the connection with natural cycles has waned, and it is barely understood where even basic food products come from.

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MONO / PERMACULTURAS

Ontologies of difference

Fields, published and translated into spanish by Campo Adentro. Part of the series Cuadernos de campo.

The most relevant revolution of our time is that which will transform the everyday. The new demand will be understanding. This is not a new philosophy, rather a recollection of previous thought systems brought into the present under a new light. These are things we already know but need to be recontextualized through a continuous process, not by the ever-new or inalterable paradigms.

 

The desire for expansion, globalisation and material accumulation has peaked in an era of intense conflict, uncertainty and institutional meltdown at a global scale. It is an era of painful endings,  but also of hopeful beginnings. 

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ORGANUM / 2014

Notes on the interpretation of nature

“The unveiling by which nature is conceived as a link
of calculable forces of effects can certainly allow
exact findings, but precisely through these results remains the danger that in all exactness truth would retract”  

 

Heidegger (The Question of Technique)

 

This essay, by Venezuelan Professor Diego Griffon, has been published as part of an ongoing collaboration with Standart Thinking that stems from conversations at the peasant’s school in San Chorquiz, just outside Caracas.

Organum dissects the logic of mathematics and its predominance in contemporary scientific thought as the language of preference to interpret nature. Organum seeks to ask what new possibilities may arise from adopting and incorporating the language of poetry. Only by waking up from our solipsistic dream can we experience the fullness of reality. The possibility of this reunion will depend on the reunification of what is nature in human with what is nonhuman in nature. This resemiotization will allow us out of the isolation in which we find ourselves.