Thursday, 23 July 2009

Dark Mountain Project Update


So there we were, last Friday night, in a barn in a field beside the Thames to launch the Dark Mountain Manifesto. (Those relying on sat nav to guide them in were foxed by the half mile walk from the nearest road, which added a suitably uncivilised edge to the evening.) Paul talked about how he got fed up with journalism and the environmental movement. I called George Monbiot some rude words. Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Chris T-T and Marmaduke Dando lent us their voices, giving memorable and moving performances. Much good local beer was drunk and a fine night was had all round.

Almost a week on, I'm still posting off copies of the manifesto to our subscribers. (If you haven't received yours yet, apologies.) We've been reviewed by the Morning Star and the RSA's Arts & Ecology blog, whose editor called it "erudite, lyrical and, most of all, apolcalyptic in an almost William Blake-ish kind of way". Slowly, the word spreads outward, and Paul and I will be writing articles for various places over the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, if you missed the launch, check out Andy Broomfield's beautiful photos. And if you're still wondering what all this Dark Mountain stuff is about, this interview I did with Anab Jain may help.


Dougald Hine talks about the Dark Mountain Project from Anab Jain / Superflux on Vimeo.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

What they do mention, if asked, is their surprise at how easy it is to die.

This is from Sarajevo 2005 isn't it? I think most members of the human race know this.

In A Short History of Myth Karen Armstrong wrotes of Kurtz:

"The mythical hero learned that, if he died to himself, he would be reborn to new life; but Kurtz is caught in the toils of a sterile egotism...He cannot make a heroic affirmation of life. His dying words are 'the horror, the horror!'...Conrad, a true prophet, had already looked into the triviality, greed, nihilism, selfishness and despair of twentieth century life."

I recomend that book, you can read it in one sitting and, although it might be largely elementary to a life-long student of Garner, it makes connections few have ever seen before.

Dougald Hine said...

Hi Kevin -

As it happens, the particular conversation that sparked that passage was about ten years ago, with the first person I met who had been a war correspondent in Bosnia - though I have heard and read similar observations elsewhere.

Thank you for recommending the Armstrong book. You're the second person in recent weeks to mention it to me, which is usually a sign that it really is time to read something.

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