Solar Protocol, Notable Trees, and shen's learning environment
Have you ever thought of what it would be like to live in the sun?1 To turn your face to follow the sun, like cursed sunflowers. To abandon your alarm clock, wake up with the light and carry umbrellas as shields against the rays. Here in the Mediterranean, weather dictates our pace. It is not yet boiling hot, so siestas are theoretical, but on multiple occasions, Ana’s photoshoots were postponed due to rain. In Denmark, it is said that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, and while it is true that swimwear is an appropriate outfit for a rain dance, I enjoy releasing control over the day.
A Fountain is a community practice.
Mathematically Correct Breakfast is a guide to cut a bagel.
Tomato Supply is shen’s learning environment.
Please visit this link. It is an online exhibition extending the relevance of the solar and community-powered hosting network Solar Protocol. I notice this is a challenging sentence to read, so visit the link (if you didn’t already) and let the artwork ask questions about how and why we should concede control and let our lives respond to the environment.
“In 2019 we began talking about whether we could design a computer network that was not only powered by the sun, but also programmed by it. Could we subvert modernist dreams of designing machines to control our environments and instead let our environments control our machines? Could we design in a way that lets the intelligence of the world steer or even automate decision making in our technological systems rather than the other way around?” — Solar Protocol
The internet is populated with people and their lives. If that bores you, I recommend you visit this space dedicated to the life of “old, historic, entangled, strange trees that have grown against or into humanity.” The quote below is from the post about Athen’s olive tree.
“Generally, the age of stone and of trees is measured by different rulers– a tree may be old at 400 years, while a stone might attain age at 400 million. But here, where the carved columns and the stacked pavers show their weathering so intensely, where they crack and round and fall to pieces, it is the tree that looks young and the building that appears ancient– the powers that once erected those walls long stilled. In this way, Athena's gift to the city feels all the more long-sighted. It is forever new, fruiting in the summer.” — Everest Pipkin
Thank you, Søren and Thom, for becoming paid subscribers. To celebrate with the family, I purchased three kilos of strawberries at the market.
Last week this letter was sent to 1445 inboxes. It will always be free for everyone. Instead, I’m keeping it donation-based. Currently, thirty-two people support me with a paid subscription. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Photograph by Ana Šantl.
A question borrowed from Rachel Cusk’s book Kudos.