Tag: energy futures

ASLE (Literature & Environment) keynote in Orkney

Thrilled to be giving a keynote at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) conference this year, which is being held in Orkney! The conference is happening in conjunction with the Orkney International Science Festival. There’s a great line up already: other keynotes include poet and artist, Alec Finlay, as well…

Petrocultures 2018 keynote in Glasgow

There’s a fantastic line up for Petrocultures 2018 in Glasgow, including my energetic colleagues and collaborators from Cultures of Energy, Rice University, Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe. Call for papers closes on 2 February. Petrocultures is motivated by the core notion that the humanities and social sciences have significant input to add to both knowledge…

Smart Energy Summit, Brussels

Along with representatives from data and energy industries, from Tesla and Microsoft, through to Delta and the EU Commission, I’ve been invited to give an industry talk on Smart Society. This will be focused on energy and data landscapes in transition, as we move from centralised to distributed energy and data networking. The event is…

Newton Machine Exhibition @CCCB

We were delighted to win the Cultural Innovation International Prize 2017, awarded by CCCB Art Gallery in Barcelona, for our project, The Newton Machine. The Newton Machine is a design manual and prototype for an energy storage device, made with a local community using their tools, spare parts, and expertise. It takes us from the…

The Newton Machine

In June 2017, myself as part of the ‘Reconstrained Design Group‘ (which includes James Auger and Julian Hanna at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute M-ITI), Eday Renewable Energy Ltd. and Community Energy Scotland, won the International Cultural Innovation Prize 2017, from the prestigious art gallery, CCCB in Barcelona. Our project is a design manual and prototype…

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:…

The Work of a Poetic Ethnographer

In September 2014 I gave a paper-performance on my poetic research methods at the Department for Thematic Studies, Social and Technical Change (TEMA-T), Linköping University. In the discussion we talked about the effect of performing a paper, the effect of poetic words, compared to a standard academic presentation: one effect is the silence that comes…

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,…