CONVERSATIONS WITH A TRILOBITE

By Liv Bugge and Sara Orning  

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Child:  Image courtesy/Photo credit: Liv Bugge

Stone in hand: Image courtesy/Photo credit: Hans Arne Nakrem, Museum of Natural History, Oslo

Man with two parts of trilobite: Image courtesy/Photo credit: The Museum of University and Science History, Oslo

The following extract is based on a series of group discussions held by the artist Liv Bugge where methods derived from animal communication is tested in a telepathic conversation with a fossil trilobite. Trilobites were in their time one of the largest groups of animals on the planet and is among the most common fossils in Norway, and it is especially common in the Oslo area.

A couple of people from the Monster Network were invited to take part in such a conversation as part of Liv Bugge’s artistic research project. The session involved a group meditation, then individual conversations between the participants and the trilobite, followed by a group discussion. The conversation is an exercise in non-linear ways of relating to historical existences and concepts of time, as well as using the body as an image producing apparatus. By engaging in conversation with a fossil that is dated several hundred million years back in time, the exercise is partly about letting the fossil stay in the now. The image of the fossil as governed resource is challenged by the image of the fossil subject, felt and experienced by the participant’s own body.

The extract is taken from the artwork Instructions to make use of an already present itch, which was on view in the exhibition What remains at Fotogalleriet, Møllergata 34, Oslo in March 2017.

If you are interested to take part in similar activities, please contact LivBugg@khio.no


Some of the questions we agreed upon asking the trilobite included:

– do you feel presence? Our presence?

– in which time do you exist?

– do you have feelings? Can you feel things?

– what about your transformation from lived life to your current form?

– EARTH

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Update: Promises of Monsters special issue

Dear monsters,

We have now responded to all who’ve sent in abstracts for the Promises of Monsters special conference issue of Somatechnics Journal. If you’ve submitted an abstract but haven’t heard from us, our response may have been swallowed by the web-void. In that case, feel free to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com and we’ll get right back to you.

We are grateful for all the amazing submissions we received and sad that we had to reject so many for no better reason that not having space for them.

We will get back to you all with updates as the issue gets ready to face the world, fully fledged and fanged!

Best wishes,

The Monster Network

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Christmas, White as Bone

By Line Henriksen

               The snow rises and falls out there, on the frozen ice,

It’ll be a white Christmas, and we’re all packing our bags.

                gathering and dispersing like shattered teeth stirred by

                the wind.

In the kitchen, father is preparing the roast, and gran is stirring spices into the glögg.

                It pulls up shadows,

I set the table, and my siblings decorate the tree.

                a sense of depth in the veils of white.

“I see them now,” sister whispers, sitting in the windowsill, her red bows wilting at the sight. We pause at doors and windows and see them too,

                The snow peels back, revealing bones and tattered

                cloth whipping around slow feet, steering towards the

                well-lit windows that shine like guiding stars.

and suddenly everyone moves faster than before. The table is set in no time, the last bits of clothes packed, the candles lit by trembling hands, and in a flitter of scarves and coats, we depart just in time.

                The guests are here.

We watch from the car as every window fills with them, warm light spilling out on the snow from between withered ribs and cracked skulls. Torsos sway stiffly, and legs kick upwards in dance, knocking grins from gnarled shoulders. As we drive off, we hear the beating of music, and the tapping of hardened feet.

I fear them, the bone-white Christmases when the lake freezes over, and the dead come back to claim the house for a night.


First published here.

About the author:

Line Henriksen has a PhD in Gender Studies, and has written articles and book-chapters on the subjects of monsters, hauntology, creepypasta, and ethics. Her fiction has appeared in, among others, Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix, freeze frame fiction, and Pankhearst: Wherever You Roam. You can visit her here, or tweet her pictures of puppies at @_linehenriksen_

Væsner. Episode 13: The Lot

”You do know that if the jobseeker’s allowance doesn’t work out, they’ll put you on integration benefits, right?” Lakse grins through the meatball sandwich.

“Yes, I’m aware of that, thank you.”

“Even though you’re a Danish citizen.”

“I know.”

“Bloody foreigners, the lot.” Lakse picks out a bit of meatball from between his teeth, grins at me and puts it back into his mouth.

“The lot,” he says.

I’m not always sure what to make of the things Lakse says.


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Væsner. Episode 12: Strangers

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In my first blog-post, I decided to write about three things:

  • Copenhagen
  • Being unemployed
  • The weather

I also decided not to write about one thing:

  • Strange letters.

So far I’ve managed to write about what I was not supposed to write about + a bit on the weather. Perhaps because the subjects of Copenhagen and unemployment make me feel somewhat … I don’t know. Homeless, perhaps? Frustrated? Alienated?

I’m definitely an alien now. As is Copenhagen.


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Update: Promises of Monsters conference publication

We’ve been overwhelmed – in the best possible sense! – by all the abstracts we received for the Promises of Monsters conference publication. We did not anticipate the vast interest the issue generated, and we’re incredibly grateful for all the submissions. We’re also certain that this’ll make a fantastic issue – or two, as we’re currently looking into the possibility of one more publication, considering all the great submissions.

We’ve now responded to everybody who’s sent us abstracts. If you haven’t heard from us by, please don’t hesitate to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com. Something might have been lost in the web-void.

Horrifically happy holidays, monsters!

/The Monster Network

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Væsner. Episode 11: Noise

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It seems as if the small street where I live has grown noisier while I was gone. Maybe it’s just that I’m still attuned to the silence of the summer cottage, but it sounds as if heaps of metal and rubbish are pushed by a strong wind up and down, up and down the street all night. The gate to the yard is right underneath my bedroom, and it quivers and roars as if drunken people hammer and kick at the old wood all night. It’s an old gate and it’s a noisy one, nothing new there. It’s just never been this bad before. Is this the summer-party-high season? I’m too old to know. I’m also too old to stay awake all night, listening to bellows from the yard and the jangles of rubbish from the street. I need sleep. I need quiet.

I need to not be thinking about bloody gates.


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Væsner. Episode 10: Oven III

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Posted on August 3, 2016

“What kind of pizza did you have?”

“What? When?”

“That night with the oven-letter. What kind of pizza was it? The pizza-burger-pepperoni one?”

“Narh, vegetarian. Didn’t get to make it, though.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know. This whole letter thing freaked me out a bit.”

“How’s that an excuse for not making pizza! I once found a handful of hair in the oven. Roots and all. Still made the pizza. Topping is topping, you know?”

“Hair …”

“At least with the letter, it’d still be vegetarian.”

 


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‘Væsner’ is written by Anne Nielsen. You can follow the True & Accurate Accounts of her experiences with Copenhagen Gate Services, strange weather and dancing shadows on her blog and on Twitter.

 

 

Invitation: conversation piece

At the Why Monster Studies Now? symposium, artist Liv Bugge presented some of her exciting art projects. Now she invites you, the people of The Monster Network, to participate in a conversation piece on the subjects of telepathy, time, materiality and the environment.

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Invitation

Tuesday 19th of December, at 6 pm

Oslo (Place to be announced)

CONVERSATION PIECE

People from the Monster Network are hereby invited to take part in a group conversation with an object and historical entity, a couple of million years old. I am hosting a session, or exercise, where the task is to communicate through material and time, using telepathy as a technique learned from the school of animal communication. The session involves a group meditation, to allow images, sensations and feelings to flow in our bodies in the meeting with the object in conversation, followed by a group discussion. The exercise comes from an interest in the image production of awake and sleeping dreams, meditations and telepathic communication. In a playful way we focus on reading in a broad sense, as well as the collectivity and temporalities of the subconscious, on both a singular and collective level. The session is an exercise in nonlinear ways of relating to historical existences and concepts of time, as well as using the whole body as a image producing apparatus. This conversation is part of a larger artistic research project questioning the normative beliefs concerning our relationship to the environment, by exploring ways in which we use the concepts and narrations of nature to constitute and consolidate our own history writing as well as our governance of resources and bodies.

The conversation will be documented with an audio recording, which will be transcribed and may be used in production of artworks. Information about this development will be given to the participants. The conversation will be in English if any non-Scandinavian speaking people are present.

The session is open for a maximum of 15 people. The participants will receive the sum of 300 NOK each that will cover transporation etc.

Please email to LivBugg@khio.no before December 12th if you would like to participate, with the subject line “conversation piece December”.

Liv Bugge

Research fellow

Academy of Fine Art, Oslo

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Invitasjon

19. desember klokken 18:00

Oslo (info om sted følger)

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