The Osmotic Ocean


osmosis: A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption;

the spontaneous passage or diffusion of water or other solvents through a semipermeable membrane.

The walker on the city street stops to gaze at the ocean. Tracing a finger over dark, frozen seas, scattered archipelagos, tropical lagoons. On a rusting lamppost, ocean dissolves into city.

The walker walks on.

Off scene/obscene* – sheets of cracking ice, flows of meltwater, shifting landforms. The slow dissolve of city into ocean.


* “obscene” from classical Greek theatre meaning “off scene” or “off stage.” Ancient Greek theatre did not show violence on stage; instead, this action took place off stage, out of sight of the audience.

Now playing – Lumen Drones – ‘Dark Sea’ from Lumen Drones.


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Anthropo-obscene Rorschach Test

INEOS threatens to close UK plant unless it can dodge EU pollution rules

Unearthed, 23 March 2019.

When the mirror loses its reflection …

Hats off to Greta Thunberg and all others holding up the mirror.


The Greenpeace article linked to above relates to the INEOS Seal Sands plant on Teesside.

Anthropo-obscene – see  as used by Erik Swyngedouw.

The photographs are of the INEOS/PetroIneos petrochemical plant and oil refinery at Grangemouth. They were taken on 10th December 2017.

Now playing: Iancu Dumitrescu  –Hazard and Tectonics

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an invitation?

an invitation?

to gather


to (re)open the box?



Now Playing: Kajsa Lindgren – ‘forest’ from WOMB

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Back to the Forest of Spectral Trees


they came to stand and listen

a hushed communion

old gods. new gods.



uncanny colours, shapes and forms

the strange, disorienting world of the wild wood



listening station (listen in)


Now playing: Harmonia & Eno ’76 – Tracks and Traces

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Locality Atlas


thaw of the frozen lands



heat of volcanic flux



air of the salt lake



Now Playing: Kassel Jaeger – Deltas


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shattered bottle / Zen Garden


shattered bottle / Zen garden



Now playing: John Cage – Ryoanji

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How it Begins

how it begins

(or ends)


Now playing: Morton Feldman – For Samuel Beckett

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