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Blossom

What you see
feel
hear
taste
smell

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Blossom

What you see
feel
hear
taste
smell

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Centre for Endless Growth

Endless Growth is an active workspace for catalyzing new ways of thinking about growth. Whether private, public, or academic, it offers us a model for how our current methodologies in research and development could benefit from the presence of real growth.

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Centre for Endless Growth

Endless Growth is an active workspace for catalyzing new ways of thinking about growth. Whether private, public, or academic, it offers us a model for how our current methodologies in research and development could benefit from the presence of real growth.

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‘Centre for Endless Growth’ Exhibition Opening in Edinburgh

Whether private, public, or academic, Endless Growth is a representation of the ideal office space; a model for how our current methodologies in research and development could benefit from the presence of real growth.

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‘Centre for Endless Growth’ Exhibition Opening in Edinburgh

Whether private, public, or academic, Endless Growth is a representation of the ideal office space; a model for how our current methodologies in research and development could benefit from the presence of real growth.

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A “Nature Day” as Part of the Workweek?

First, a short update on the film… Suhee and I are working mostly on the editing process, having spent the past two months going through what has grown to 80,000 words of interview transcriptions, working to create a framework and

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A “Nature Day” as Part of the Workweek?

First, a short update on the film… Suhee and I are working mostly on the editing process, having spent the past two months going through what has grown to 80,000 words of interview transcriptions, working to create a framework and

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Cloud

Cloud Floating by my window floating above my window Moseying along the sky moseying in the sky You are so many things become so many things Everything and, nothing Just like me Cloud

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Cloud

Cloud Floating by my window floating above my window Moseying along the sky moseying in the sky You are so many things become so many things Everything and, nothing Just like me Cloud

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Negotiating with Mother Earth

This whole Natural Capital initiative (whereby the industry puts price tags on the natural environment) is on the losing side of an argument which — by the very physical principals that guide this earth — will always be decided by nature,

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Negotiating with Mother Earth

This whole Natural Capital initiative (whereby the industry puts price tags on the natural environment) is on the losing side of an argument which — by the very physical principals that guide this earth — will always be decided by nature,

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Dear Industry: It’s Not You, It’s Me

For the sake of that little bit of sanity, let’s assume it’s not too late to turn back the tables on environmental disaster. That it’s not too late for us to re-capture truth in the way we live life and the

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Dear Industry: It’s Not You, It’s Me

For the sake of that little bit of sanity, let’s assume it’s not too late to turn back the tables on environmental disaster. That it’s not too late for us to re-capture truth in the way we live life and the

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A 12-Step Program to Cure Environmental Destruction

I propose a 12-step program for consumers. This program, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous, is aimed at understanding our addiction to destroying nature, and re-connecting with nature in order to help ourselves mend this addiction.

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A 12-Step Program to Cure Environmental Destruction

I propose a 12-step program for consumers. This program, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous, is aimed at understanding our addiction to destroying nature, and re-connecting with nature in order to help ourselves mend this addiction.

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Group Show at Pier Arts Centre

The Art, Space & Nature cohort are having a group show at Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. Pier is an amazing space which features a world-class collection of 20th century art. We’re all quite excited to have the opportunity to exhibit

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Group Show at Pier Arts Centre

The Art, Space & Nature cohort are having a group show at Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. Pier is an amazing space which features a world-class collection of 20th century art. We’re all quite excited to have the opportunity to exhibit

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Debating “Natural Capital” in Scotland

Mitigating environmental destruction while continuing to increase consumption and profit is not an issue that deserves to be talked about right now, let alone a world forum dedicated to it.

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Debating “Natural Capital” in Scotland

Mitigating environmental destruction while continuing to increase consumption and profit is not an issue that deserves to be talked about right now, let alone a world forum dedicated to it.

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“Transport Me” Installation for Sound Thought at Glasgow CCA

Back in 2011, I was on a mission to ride the largest metro systems in the world, end to end, taking photos and sound recordings at each station along the way. I called it Transport Me, a product of my

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“Transport Me” Installation for Sound Thought at Glasgow CCA

Back in 2011, I was on a mission to ride the largest metro systems in the world, end to end, taking photos and sound recordings at each station along the way. I called it Transport Me, a product of my

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Disgeotic

Locations: Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Spain, USA Years: 2009 — current It’s simultaneously funny and disturbing that we call ourselves ‘man’ and all other living things ‘nature.’ It is as if we no longer consider ourselves a part

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Disgeotic

Locations: Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Spain, USA Years: 2009 — current It’s simultaneously funny and disturbing that we call ourselves ‘man’ and all other living things ‘nature.’ It is as if we no longer consider ourselves a part

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Blood, Sweat, Dirt and All

The reality of being in that picturesque setting, that painting sitting above the couch, is far more difficult than just looking at the painting and enjoying its beauty. You have to work for it, too.

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Blood, Sweat, Dirt and All

The reality of being in that picturesque setting, that painting sitting above the couch, is far more difficult than just looking at the painting and enjoying its beauty. You have to work for it, too.

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Youth on Assignment

A pilot program working with high school aged students using photography and writing to tackle real world social issues affecting them.

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Youth on Assignment

A pilot program working with high school aged students using photography and writing to tackle real world social issues affecting them.

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Paper and a Panel Discussion

For the past week, Suhee and I have been carefully going through about 47,000 words of transcriptions from our interviews with farmers over the past few years. From this text, we’re slowly making sense of what we learned, and really,

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Paper and a Panel Discussion

For the past week, Suhee and I have been carefully going through about 47,000 words of transcriptions from our interviews with farmers over the past few years. From this text, we’re slowly making sense of what we learned, and really,

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An Expression of Understanding Nature

We’re kicking it up a notch here in Edinburgh. Suhee Kang arrived from South Korea a few days ago, and we’re now preparing both a gallery show and panel discussion for the Final Straw documentary project, set to take place

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An Expression of Understanding Nature

We’re kicking it up a notch here in Edinburgh. Suhee Kang arrived from South Korea a few days ago, and we’re now preparing both a gallery show and panel discussion for the Final Straw documentary project, set to take place

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Orkney, Scotland: 6,000 Years in 1 Minute

Maybe it’s the simple things which can build the roots from which our future will grow? Thoughts from the small island of Orkney, just south of the Arctic Circle.

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Orkney, Scotland: 6,000 Years in 1 Minute

Maybe it’s the simple things which can build the roots from which our future will grow? Thoughts from the small island of Orkney, just south of the Arctic Circle.

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The Art Outside of The Art

When we release ourselves from the thinking that there must be some end result which comes to life exactly how we planned it, we are allowed to enjoy, engage, and to expand our view during the process of creating. That, too, is art. Isn’t it?

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The Art Outside of The Art

When we release ourselves from the thinking that there must be some end result which comes to life exactly how we planned it, we are allowed to enjoy, engage, and to expand our view during the process of creating. That, too, is art. Isn’t it?

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Megijima Landscapes – [HUMAN:NATURE]

Location: Megijima, Japan Year: 2013 For two months, I lived on a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea in an effort to learn about the people’s history, and more specifically, their connection with the natural environment. The local population

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Megijima Landscapes – [HUMAN:NATURE]

Location: Megijima, Japan Year: 2013 For two months, I lived on a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea in an effort to learn about the people’s history, and more specifically, their connection with the natural environment. The local population

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Final Straw, Projects

The Final Straw Project

The Final Straw is a project which sets out to both examine and further the art of Natural Farming as practiced in Japan and Korea, where it has taken shape as a philosophy of respect for nature, rather than just

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Final Straw, Projects

The Final Straw Project

The Final Straw is a project which sets out to both examine and further the art of Natural Farming as practiced in Japan and Korea, where it has taken shape as a philosophy of respect for nature, rather than just

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Farmers, Artists, and… Bill Murray? The Show Opening in Megijima

When I think about what we’ve done over the past month here in Megijima, I am reminded of Bill Murray making a commercial for Suntory Japanese whiskey… if he had to do it for one month straight. After a month

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Farmers, Artists, and… Bill Murray? The Show Opening in Megijima

When I think about what we’ve done over the past month here in Megijima, I am reminded of Bill Murray making a commercial for Suntory Japanese whiskey… if he had to do it for one month straight. After a month

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[HUMAN:NATURE]

Combining technology, art, and social ecology to envision a future for the environment and for local communities.

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[HUMAN:NATURE]

Combining technology, art, and social ecology to envision a future for the environment and for local communities.

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Group Visit to Okitsu Natural Farm

The [HUMAN:NATURE] team went on an ‘away’ mission yesterday. Seven people jumped into a car most that Americans would consider ‘small and cute,’ and off we rode to Awa, Tokushima with Professor Suizu. Our destination was Mr. Okitsu’s natural farm.

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Group Visit to Okitsu Natural Farm

The [HUMAN:NATURE] team went on an ‘away’ mission yesterday. Seven people jumped into a car most that Americans would consider ‘small and cute,’ and off we rode to Awa, Tokushima with Professor Suizu. Our destination was Mr. Okitsu’s natural farm.

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Free Food Kit

An interactive installation which considers the re-connection of people with their sources, and costs, of food.

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Free Food Kit

An interactive installation which considers the re-connection of people with their sources, and costs, of food.

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Mapping an Island

If you could peer into what I was doing during a random sampling of points in my childhood, most likely you’d come up with a bucket full of moments where I was begging my parents/grandparents to obtain maps, examining maps

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Mapping an Island

If you could peer into what I was doing during a random sampling of points in my childhood, most likely you’d come up with a bucket full of moments where I was begging my parents/grandparents to obtain maps, examining maps

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Corn, Peaches, and Sunsets

After sharing stories of their connection with nature, the locals thought it best to also share some of their harvest with us as well. Delicious, sweet Megijima corn was our snack this afternoon, and some cute little cucumbers are next,

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Corn, Peaches, and Sunsets

After sharing stories of their connection with nature, the locals thought it best to also share some of their harvest with us as well. Delicious, sweet Megijima corn was our snack this afternoon, and some cute little cucumbers are next,

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Megijima’s Secret to Long Life?

Rain put a damper on our interview plans today, but I suppose we’re just paying for all of the unseasonable sun we received on arrival here last month. Anyway, our little experimental garden — which now features rice — likes

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Megijima’s Secret to Long Life?

Rain put a damper on our interview plans today, but I suppose we’re just paying for all of the unseasonable sun we received on arrival here last month. Anyway, our little experimental garden — which now features rice — likes

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Simplicity in Yamaguchi

It’s too easy today… to get stuck in a way of thinking which presents life to you as one struggle after another, an overly complex maze of people, places, and things, all which must be conquered in order to get to

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Simplicity in Yamaguchi

It’s too easy today… to get stuck in a way of thinking which presents life to you as one struggle after another, an overly complex maze of people, places, and things, all which must be conquered in order to get to

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From Sunrise to Scotch: Megi Week 2

Week #2 here in Megijima, Japan, and while we’re still getting set up for our first interviews, it’s been an eventful week. The sun gets up pretty early here, around about 4:30am, and against my previous sleep schedule, I abide more

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From Sunrise to Scotch: Megi Week 2

Week #2 here in Megijima, Japan, and while we’re still getting set up for our first interviews, it’s been an eventful week. The sun gets up pretty early here, around about 4:30am, and against my previous sleep schedule, I abide more

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Freedom and Economics

What exactly is ‘freedom’ in modern society? From the MacBook to Plato, we examine how the ‘special reality’ of the modern economic system dictates our freedoms, and how the legal system then fights to keep it all running smoothly.

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Freedom and Economics

What exactly is ‘freedom’ in modern society? From the MacBook to Plato, we examine how the ‘special reality’ of the modern economic system dictates our freedoms, and how the legal system then fights to keep it all running smoothly.

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Human:Nature, Summer Residency in Japan

The issue of how the small island of Megijima will continue is a tough one to confront. At the same time, it’s a story which on the surface is not unique in Japan, and one which presents us with a great opportunity to use investigative research, technology, and art, to bring awareness, inspiration, and hopefully some smiles.

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Human:Nature, Summer Residency in Japan

The issue of how the small island of Megijima will continue is a tough one to confront. At the same time, it’s a story which on the surface is not unique in Japan, and one which presents us with a great opportunity to use investigative research, technology, and art, to bring awareness, inspiration, and hopefully some smiles.

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Small Town Udon on Shikoku

That’s Youji. Musician, rice farmer. He studied jazz some years back, living in the tightly packed alleys of a Tokyo neighborhood. At some point he and his wife, Naho (city girl who he met in one such tightly packed alley)

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Small Town Udon on Shikoku

That’s Youji. Musician, rice farmer. He studied jazz some years back, living in the tightly packed alleys of a Tokyo neighborhood. At some point he and his wife, Naho (city girl who he met in one such tightly packed alley)

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Edinburgh/Aichi: Art and Nature Japan Tour

My tutor from University of Edinburgh traveled to Japan a few weeks back and I was fortunate to join him on a week-long tour of art, space and nature goodness. We went from the hills of Yamaguchi and Akiyoshida, to

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Edinburgh/Aichi: Art and Nature Japan Tour

My tutor from University of Edinburgh traveled to Japan a few weeks back and I was fortunate to join him on a week-long tour of art, space and nature goodness. We went from the hills of Yamaguchi and Akiyoshida, to

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Projects

Harvest

A video-based work exploring the concept of ‘harvest’ within rural-agrarian and urban-consumer society, Harvest employs two-channel video, projected side-by-side into urban environments. A local consumer procuring harvest from a local supermarket (right), is shown next to a farmer hand-harvesting the same product in

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Harvest

A video-based work exploring the concept of ‘harvest’ within rural-agrarian and urban-consumer society, Harvest employs two-channel video, projected side-by-side into urban environments. A local consumer procuring harvest from a local supermarket (right), is shown next to a farmer hand-harvesting the same product in

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A Mountain Rail Tour in the Wrong Direction

In a rush, I got on the wrong train and happily rode an hour and ten minutes in the opposite direction of where I was supposed to be going. Fortunately, my schedule was a bit flexible, and even more fortunately,

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A Mountain Rail Tour in the Wrong Direction

In a rush, I got on the wrong train and happily rode an hour and ten minutes in the opposite direction of where I was supposed to be going. Fortunately, my schedule was a bit flexible, and even more fortunately,

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The Maddening Simplicity of Good Food

It is absolutely absurd to think of what our food goes through before it gets put into our stomachs… the first thing, the most important thing for a farmer, is to make healthy plants and healthy people.

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The Maddening Simplicity of Good Food

It is absolutely absurd to think of what our food goes through before it gets put into our stomachs… the first thing, the most important thing for a farmer, is to make healthy plants and healthy people.

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Japanese CSA Pioneers, and a Farming Trio

In Kyoto tonight and it’s been a long few weeks of filming and travel for The Final Straw with little internet time so this next post will come in two installments! Last week, I was able to spend a great

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Japanese CSA Pioneers, and a Farming Trio

In Kyoto tonight and it’s been a long few weeks of filming and travel for The Final Straw with little internet time so this next post will come in two installments! Last week, I was able to spend a great

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Final Straw Event Recap: Seoul

Suhee and I produced a lecture in Seoul this month, partly to raise awareness for The Final Straw, and partly to spread knowledge about natural farming concepts… but it was also a chance to connect with the city, to tell

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Final Straw Event Recap: Seoul

Suhee and I produced a lecture in Seoul this month, partly to raise awareness for The Final Straw, and partly to spread knowledge about natural farming concepts… but it was also a chance to connect with the city, to tell

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Final Straw Event in Seoul

Tonight in Seoul we’re teaming up with Space Noah and Korean natural farmer, Ryosok Hong (홍려석) to produce a ‘lecture concert.’ Hmm, ‘lecture concert’ might need some explanation, it was a strange phrase to me when I first heard it

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Final Straw Event in Seoul

Tonight in Seoul we’re teaming up with Space Noah and Korean natural farmer, Ryosok Hong (홍려석) to produce a ‘lecture concert.’ Hmm, ‘lecture concert’ might need some explanation, it was a strange phrase to me when I first heard it

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Take the Alley

The clamoring, clattering, mind-rattling city streets are invigorating for a spell, but the constant race wears on even the most hearty soul. So I dip down the alley, every now and then…

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Take the Alley

The clamoring, clattering, mind-rattling city streets are invigorating for a spell, but the constant race wears on even the most hearty soul. So I dip down the alley, every now and then…

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