Departure and Return
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Departure and Return

I am returning to Ottawa this Friday. I don’t feel like my work here is ending since I’ve made so many friends, and will need their help in the future. I will miss being surrounded by people, and wearing the same thing every day. I will miss the trees and stars, and swimming naked in […]

Economy and Apocalypse on Manitoulin
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Economy and Apocalypse on Manitoulin

How do economies arise? At their base, they are made up of transactions. Different types of economies are sewn together like a quilt. The economic quilt on Manitoulin is like a disorganized scrapbook. A disorganized scrapbook would have elements from different times laid side-by-side. In a quilt different elements are sewn together. Quilting leaves seams. […]

Intentional Living: Halfway Point
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Intentional Living: Halfway Point

A Brazilian told me that the flies are less vicious in their country because they have something to peck at all year. In Canada their species is nearly wiped out during the winter, so they are hungrier. We can’t figure out why the skunks, weasels, and raccoons are so desperate for our chickens though. The […]

Jottings and Visuals: Doors Open
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Jottings and Visuals: Doors Open

Hello everyone, Quick update on the chickens: they have all contracted bronchitis. This means that few will die, but the rest will suffer a lower quality of life, effectively not laying any eggs at all. We preemptively killed one. It was delicious. I have had a really busy week. I participated in two Native American […]

Living in an Intentional Community Day 4
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Living in an Intentional Community Day 4

It’s been less than four days since I arrived just outside Little Current. The farm I’m on is called Manitoulin Permaculture. I live in a tent with a fluctuating population of 5-10 other people. Over the past few days we have had Buddhist monks visiting. They stay in a large dome in the forest, I […]

Photosensitivity
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Photosensitivity

Both as an artist and researcher, my hypothesis is that morphogenesis is first about appearing (self-presenting), and that cinematographic means of attention can access these bioaesthetic layers of worldly entanglements. counter illumination by the lantern shark, image by Jérôme Mallefet (UCL) Denis Villeneuve, Arrival, 2016 Adolf Portmann, Animal Forms JB, photoductility Map of light pollution’s visual […]

L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut II : être-au-monde et savoir-vivre
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L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut II : être-au-monde et savoir-vivre

La pensée et la culture ont longtemps été considérées comme principales prémisses pour définir l’homme en contra-distinction avec l’animal. L’exploitation du nonhumain par l’humain est souvent justifiée par une supposée supériorité intellectuelle, par la capacité à ce que certains appellent la “culture” tandis que les animaux-nonhumains seraient issus de la “nature”. Concernant la notion de […]

Reindeer Herding + Photo-Video Shooting + Research + Personal Growth = Multimedia Anthropology As Livelihood
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Reindeer Herding + Photo-Video Shooting + Research + Personal Growth = Multimedia Anthropology As Livelihood

[English] HAL member Nicolas Rasiulis spent several months in 2014 living among the Dukha Tsaatans, a small community of reindeer herders who inhabit a taiga landscape in northern Mongolia. He has recently written a piece where he reflects on the particular methodological approach that emerged through his experiences and relationships with the Tsaatans and their […]