An essay written for the programme for the Orange Tree Theatre production of Joe White’s Mayfly.
Tag: the past
Expectations of Life & Death
What is different today is that living to grow old has become a reasonable expectation, something we can almost take for granted, rather than a matter of luck.
A Five Hundred Year Moment?
Wherever you look, to the left or to the right, you will have a hard time finding a politician who doesn’t want to create more jobs. They may argue over the best means to do so, but they would hardly think of asking whether employment as we know it is a good thing.
From his rise to prominence in the late 1960s to the last conversations with David Cayley, published as The Rivers North of the Future, Ivan Illich sought to uncover the hidden assumptions on which modern industrial societies had been built.
The Crossing of Two Lines
The essay which introduces The Crossing of Two Lines, the book I made with the artist duo Performing Pictures.
Talking with Ivan Illich’s friend and pupil about his concept of the vernacular.
Talking with the author of The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal.
Remember the Future?
Published in Dark Mountain: Issue 2. I am retracing my steps, trying to work out where I last saw it. In the north of Moscow, there is a park called VDNKh. It was built in the1930s, under Stalin, and then rebuilt in the 1950s as an Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy. An enormous site, full of…