Tag: orkney

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…

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…

Orkney: Landscapes of Future Resistance

Videocast of my paper-performance Orkney: Landscapes of Futures Resistance at 4S/EASST 2008 conference at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. The piece explores how the landscapes of the Orkney islands, Scotland, have an agency that makes the future differently, perhaps in more ‘innovative’ ways compared to landscapes elsewhere…