Dirt is designed. It is uniquely composed, site specific, and innately intelligent. … Dirt is a design tool. Collecting and composing dirty matter is a fruitful foundation for the creation of spaces, artifacts, and atmospheres.

[Bjorn, Furjan and Jencks in Bed Rossiter, Dirt Research]


‘[Hyperobjects] present us with viscous surfaces from which nothing can be forcibly peeled. There is no Away on this surface, no here and no there.’ [Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects, p. 31]

… we have everywhere? or are we left with nowhere? Exploring the wooden surface and structure of nails of the elastic band drone machine can the viscous nature of sound across this surface be creative / be performative?


Transduction of sound through materials is, through process, exploring the viscous nature of materiality. Sound sticks or travels across, speeds up or slows down, repels, repeats and folds because of the materials, the frequency and the interaction between them.

Is dust the expression of this viscosity? What is emergent from viscous sound materials?

‘Light itself is the viscous thing of all, since nothing can surpass its speed.’ [Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects, p. 32] How is the viscous nature of light changed by using light to transmit sound? Is sound then just as viscous as light. Connections to Deleuze discussing light within pleats of matter in The Fold.

Hyperobjects are viscous. Dust is a hyperobject. Dust is viscous. A viscous sound performance of dust and vibration – suggests low frequency extremes. Build a system of drone devices, viscous drone devices, or dusty viscous drones.


Emergence, interaction, expression, affect, potential, tendencies, capacities. What is happening when a vibration motor is attached to a power source and forces the movement of another physical property (elastic band or metal wire)? The motor can turn an unbalanced mass at a variable speed when attached to power and control (potentiometer, Arduino). This turning motion has the capacity to send waves across fields of nearby objects – the turning motion itself is a tendency of the vibration motor. The tendency is emergent from the motor due to the interaction of the parts that produce it as well as the addition of voltage. Addition? Are ‘addition’ and ‘subtraction’ emergent properties? Spin the motor fast enough or place it in an environment of extreme high temperature and other tendencies will emerge, flowing as liquid metal from the motor. The motor only has the potential to vibrate objects if other objects susceptible to those forces actually exist. Interaction and maybe intra-action at play in the objects inner workings.


Beginning with dust and light.

Remembering Felix Hess circuits and cracklers. 

Dirt Research

Dirt is the stuff that makes a system jump.

[Born, Furjan, Jencks 2012 in Ned Rossiter, Dirt Research]


The open circuits of the earth pre-date those closed metallic structures of wire, metals, resistors, capacitors and signal. [Parikka] Signal is, of course, naturally in and of the Earth and the approach of psychogeophysics embraces this earth signal (Earth Sound Earth Signal – Douglas Kahn) to open back up the connection between us and earth. This has been occurring in the field of sonic arts since mid-twentieth century – exploring materials and their sonic properties / acoustics as well as the wider fields of electromagnetism. The South West has a history of extracting the metals of the earth – the soil is electromagnetically rich with copper – ripe for earth circuit practices. Inspired by Martin Howse’s Earth Computing – the copper in the soil investigated through probing for potential sonic interference. Need to re-read Graham Harwood’s short text, along with Raqs Collective, ‘Aluminium’ [2008]. The earth has the signal and dirt (dust) and decay and life for developing next stages of practical work. Copper is essential for the creation of D.I.Y solar cells for light measurement and modulated signal reception – the earth measures. The work begins to move to acknowledge the anthropocene in a direct way. METALLURGY.

Read – Parikka, Kahn, Howse, Harwood, Morton, Bryant, Deleuze, Bennett


threatens, covers, infects, assembles, moves, flies, disrupts, interferes, muffles, dims, blocks, spirals, chokes, irritate, tastes, smells, shapes, filters, collapses, blinds, floats…

Reading and Repetition

Larval Subjects .

A central claim of Deleuze’sDifference and Repetition is that we only ever create something new through repetition. Here, then, we might encounter a fundamental difference between Badiou and Deleuze (or is it a proximity between the two?). For Badiou the new is created as a result of a truth-procedure that is evoked through fidelity to an event. Wedon’t, in fact, have toawait events as people sometimes suggest of Badiou; for there are plenty of events that have already occurred throughout history. It is not the event that produces newness in Badiou’s universe, but rather fidelity to that event and the transformation of a situation or world in terms of what is uncounted by the encyclopedia of that situation. One can continue to pay fidelity to the Paris Commune or May of 68 (if the latter was an event) today, unfolding its consequences in the present.


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To introduce noise and interference into text repetition may be an interesting approach. To fold lines back into the body of text begins to create points of disturbance in the writing and reading. It acts as a disruption or interruption – reminded here of David Hall’s amazing TV Interruptions from 1971 – causing new connections to be formed. To introduce noise and interference into text repetition may be an interesting approach. Like the bundles of dust collecting in a corner where points shift and fold into new proximities the lines of repeated text begin to force new connections of concepts. A shifting resonance of ideas. With repetition comes difference – Deleuze. There are no two identical readings of the same line. There are no two identical readings of the same line. Lines from Tim Ingold. A shifting resonance of ideas. This line is an interference in the writing and reading – it acts to disrupt both author and audience. To code some process of this repetition, to excite the writing process with a challenge or game to compete with the repetition. A shifting resonance of ideas. To introduce noise and interference into text repetition may be an interesting approach. Lifting and placing text across the page is a cut up.

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