Thus with the Year, Seasons return

Thus with the Year
Seasons return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet approach of Ev’n or Morn,
Or sight of vernal bloom, or Summers Rose,
Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;
But cloud in stead, and ever-during dark
Surrounds me, from the chearful waies of men
Cut off, and for the Book of knowledg fair
Presented with a Universal blanc
Of Natures works to mee expung’d and ras’d,
And wisdome at one entrance quite shut out.
So much the rather thou Celestial light
Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mist from thence
Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell
Of things invisible to mortal sight.

Milton, Paradise Lost 3.40-55

It is already two months since we explored together practices of attuning to and sensing of infra-worlds. As we move towards winter solstice later this month, and away from light and into the darkness of winter, I am reminded of a section from Milton’s Paradise Lost. A piece that speaks of vision and that which is invisible to it. The fragment attends to Milton’s blindness but also points to attuning to the infra where human vision is but just one way to sense the worlds that surround us.

We experience the ‘seasons return’, and winter is upon us, and today, I am thinking of the end of January and the DCP session. I am wondering about the different locations/ biomes that you have chosen as the site for the  field-lab project.

When we meet in January for the second part of Practices of Attunement, we will look, listen or otherwise experience some of the material you have gathered and generated during the distributed field-lab.

In preparation for our session in January, please prepare a creative intervention that communicates your response/ translation of the biome you have chosen to work in during this time – taking biome in its most expanded sense and in a way that the word is meaningful to you.

The work you produce can be as simple or complex as you like, it could use practices we explored in October or other techniques. As you move towards the exhibiting season, hopefully, this will also provide an opportunity to talk about how it feels to show and exhibit work. 

Any questions let me know!

All the best

Sam

Sam Nightingale is a visual artist and researcher. He uses experimental forms of photography and speculative fieldwork to explore diverse landscapes and the geopoetic interfaces between history, ecology and the image. Through creative practice, he seeks to make sensible environments that we are a part but that also persist beyond the limits of human experience – what he describes as the arts of noticing otherwise.

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