The Dark Mountain Project — Uncivilisation Festival 15-18 August — Care for a little taste of reality? It’s the end of the world as we know it . . . .

OOh how about a little walk on the DARK side of reality? Hmm? How about a visit to The Dark Mountain? Why not? Turn yourself around, inside out, and upside down a few times and let the imagination marbles roll where they will. What’s an Uncivilisation Festival? Smile. No, it’s not Mad Max down under fun and games. Hardly. But you know, the Brothers Grimm just might have been interested……

The machine is stuttering and the engineers are in panic. They are wondering if perhaps they do not understand it as well as they imagined. They are wondering whether they are controlling it at all or whether, perhaps, it is controlling them.’

– From Uncivilisation: the Dark Mountain Manifesto

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.

The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary art and literature were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning its foundations.

[note: wp, my computer, the ‘machine at large’ are not cooperating with the production of this post regarding quotes, indents, or images. I apologize for any infractions that result from the posting of this information. Cheerio.]

 

Info via Paul Kingsnorth, whose new book I’ve supported via Unbound, has a new post on the blog, “If You Go Down to the Woods Today”. regarding the upcoming final Uncivilisation Festival. Anyone interested in another way of living and perceiving our world and its future may want to skip down the cyber rabbit hole and see what’s up in jolly old England near Petersfield, Hampshire. Or if you’ve just got some sweet kitty kitty mojo curiosity drop yourself in for a look around The Dark Mountain Project page where Kingsnorth’s blog is posted http://dark-mountain.net/blog/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today

As posted on the page:

“Tickets are selling fast for our fourth – and last! – Uncivilisation festival. Uncivilistion 2013 takes place from 15-18 August. Visit the festival website for more details.”

 

Paul Kingsnorth’s book, The Wake, on Unbound http://unbound.co.uk/books/the-wake

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4 Comments

  1. penpusherpen said,

    July 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I feel just like Alice, down the rabbit hole, following Mr Rabbit wearing his best suit and clutching his watch, whilst wondering what’ll happen next. Thanks for sharing Eva. I shall follow the link and may never be seen again!! 😉 xx

  2. July 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Have to say I agree with much of The Dark Mountain’s premise about the role of art in our culture. Oddly enough, I think the ecological crossroads we are at potentially could help invigorate the arts and return it to some real sense of shared purpose.


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