Energy Futures

The Draukie’s Tale poem published in anthology

‘The Draukie’s Tale: Origin Myth for Wave Energy’ poem (first published in the edited collection, Ebban an’ Flowan) has been published for a new audience in Energy Humanities: an Anthology, edited by Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer (published by John Hopkins University Press). It’s a behemoth 300 page book with almost 50 articles, ranging from…

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:…

Energy Walk Album

Energy Walk

The ‘Energy Walk’ is an ethnographic installation in the landscape. It weaves together the sand dunes and harbour seascape of the Danish Wave Energy Center, in Hanstholm, Denmark, with other landscapes at the energy edge: marine energy in Orkney islands, Scotland, and geothermal energy in Iceland. Over a 40 minute journey it offers you stories,…

Liminal Futures

I am delighted that my prose-poem ‘Liminal Futures’ has now been published as part of the edited volume Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design edited by James Leach and Lee Wilson. The poem reflects on how the future is imagined and made in the Orkney islands, and is followed by…

Alien Energy Fanzine

As part of our ongoing collaboration with those involved in marine energy, both in Denmark and in Orkney islands, we developed a ‘fanzine’–a fan magazine, inspired by the cut-and-paste interventions during the 1970s. This handcrafted booklet was composed during a workshop by the Alien Energy research team and many of those we are working with…