Author: Sand14

Catastrophes and Promises

Catastrophes and Promises is a book of fragments. It was made from brief words heard during the 4S-EASST plenary in Barcelona, and written down on torn-out notebook pages. These word fragments have been painstakingly pieced together. They tell their own story, one made from the residues of another time. They make a speculative ethnography, and…

Doggerland Citizen

Doggerland looks out and upwards, across the sea and towards the stars. Doggerland is a land that has no borders, that cannot be contained, its surface flows, sinks, and rises. Riffing on the lost landmass that once connected the islands of Great Britain with its continent, this online project offers a different form of citizenship…

Smart Power

In March, the UK National Infrastructure Commission released a report on how the electricity grid needs to change in order to keep the lights on, and meet the 2050 targets to reduce carbon emissions by 80%. The report is called ‘Smart Power‘. It proposes 3 changes to the grid: increased interconnection with other countries; actively…

Orkney Standard Time

“This is how I was born, how my creator, Victor Frankenstein, sparked me into energetic life…” So began my performance-paper at 4S 2015 (Society for Social Studies of Science) and AAA 2015 (American Anthropological Association) in Denver. I performed a character who haunts the islands of Orkney, abandoned out of hubris after her creation by…

Invisible Work in Marine Energy

Free to download. A collection of seven cards demonstrating the invisible work ongoing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), in the Orkney islands, Scotland – the world’s first grid-connected test site for wave energy and tide energy – and the place where I have been working since 2003. Seasmith, Prophet, Transducer, Storyteller, Beacon, Selkie:…