[spectre] Call for Participants: The Crystal World Open Laboratory,
The White Building, London, July 17 - 21. 2012
j at xxn.org.uk
Tue Jun 19 19:51:34 CEST 2012
Open call for participants for The Crystal World Open Laboratory at
The White Building, Hackney Wick, London, with Martin Howse, Ryan
Jordan, and Jonathan Kemp.
The absolute silence of the vegetation along the banks and the deep
prismatic glow almost convinced him that the entire earth had been
transformed and that any progress through this crystal world had
- J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World
The Serpent that announces, "The World is a closed thing, cyclical,
resonant, eternally-returning," is to be delivered into a system whose
only aim is to violate the Cycle.
- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
The Crystal World Open Laboratory is a 5 days lab of experimentation,
crystallization, and de-crystallization starting from the premise that
computers are highly ordered set of minerals.|
Crystalline structures are extracted from the earth, and re-crystallized
through industrial process as equally ordered computers. In their technological
redundancy, precious metals are in turn extracted or de-crystallized within
cycles which further destroy life and leach a dangerous chemistry into the planet.
Mimicking the often dangerous processes undertaken in these extractions
by the world's dispossessed, The Crystal World Open Laboratory proposes
to expand these industrialised interventions through experimentation in
the formation of novel crystal geologies aimed to etch unexpected
psycho(geo)physical distortions and contingencies into our contemporary
Activities across the five days will include mineral extraction and
precipitation, biological doping (addition of impurities to engender
computational properties) of substrates, construction of high heat and
high voltage synthetic geologies, crystalline signal processing,
speculative geophysics, anthropocenic (re-)fossilizations, and
diffracted odic imaging. A final evening of presentation and live
experimentation will attempt to fuse these diverse actions,
culminating in the ingestion of colloidal suspensions of precious
metals to stem the contemporary plague.
Experiments will include high heat, high voltage, and toxic
processes. Safety gear and induction will be provided but please bring
any masks/goggles/labcoats or similar if available. While we provide
full safety guidelines participants take part at their own risk.
No previous experience is necessary although as places are limited
preference will be given to those showing a firm commitment to the
full five days. A fee of £5 is payable for basic provisions (tea,
Please send expressions of interest tox at xxn.org.uk
before midnight Friday 6th July.
The Crystal World is part of a Permacultures residency supported by
SPACE, Bloomberg and Arts Council England, London.
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