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Exchange/s

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mediating microtubules netting and nesting
across difference
across distance
through boundaries permeable or/and with a gloss of seal
with folds and gullies
muted quiet              shouting rages

irritating and porous

insecure uninsulated exposing

falsely secure muttering safewords
holding space for the fragile and vulnerable
us all             embraced within
bounding palpating palpitating edges

clinging together in a forest clearing.

 

Suzanne Cochrane

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Desires: Capitalism, The Pope and Chinese Medicine

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Prologue: Pope Francis and Zhang Taiyan 章太炎

On 16 June 2015, Pope Francis published Laudato Si’ (Be Praised), an encyclical letter on climate change tellingly subtitled “On Care for Our Common Home.” The encyclical links the destruction of the environment with the exploitation of the poor, and it unambiguously roots both in capitalism’s pernicious gluttony [10]. In the Pope’s analysis, …

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Emptiness and the Medical Encounter: The interior spatial requirements of encountering

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Thirty spokes converge in a hub
There where there is nothing,
That is the chariot’s usefulness.
Fashion earth to make a vase from it,
There where there is nothing,
That is the vessel’s usefulness

– Lao Zi

Emptiness…makes it possible to move about freely and succeeds in ‘letting pass’. The important thing is not to determine ‘what’ passes – assuming

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The Boundary That Holds Its Own Narrative

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We built a sculpture to physically and visually discuss boundary and immunity. As a conscious act of investigation for two days we instigated a physical boundary. The sculpture was built on a stairway, it is a complex place, it is our main route through the building.

We covered the stair in a fine white talcum powder. At first it was …

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The Great Wall as Space-craft

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The Great Wall of China is not the barrier to barbarians it is sometimes thought to be. These days, it does not seem to bound anything [1], in and of itself. Did it ever? The wall is not an iron curtain of the impenetrable sort, heavily policed (though its flows have been managed, at times and in places). …

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Spacecraft(ing)

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“Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun?” cries Nietzsche’s madman in a famous parable of The Gay Science. “Are we not continually falling? Aren’t we straying as though through an infinite nothing [5, 7]? Isn’t empty space breathing at us

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