Energy Futures

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,…

Living at the End of the World

I was asked to perform a keynote that spoke to issues of energy security, risk, and futures. This keynote was given at ‘Translations of Security’ an inspiring, interdisciplinary conference held at Center for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen, May 2014. The presentation was called Living at the End of the World: a (Science…

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…

Travel Guide to the Futures

In a collaborative 2-day workshop ‘Making Futures, Challenging Innovation’ at the Participatory Design Conference (PDC 2012) Roskilde, we created an intervention into what counts as Innovation. This took the form of a guidebook to the ‘Futures’ – an imagined set of islands where the future is made differently, and innovation takes different forms. The Travel…