Discovering the Dark Mountain Project.

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Last night’s launch event for the sixth issue of Dark Mountain corroborated my initial impression of the community that surround this network of writers, musicians and artists. I’ve been immersed daily in the writing and art of this network since discovering the Dark Mountain project a month ago. Time’s flow was most definitely stemmed as, late one night, I chanced on and read the Dark Mountain manifesto .

Recently I fell out (perhaps irrevocably, though I hope not) with a once close friend who thought my world outlook too bleak, from both an ecological and socio-political perspective. It isn’t the first time I’ve been accused of an overly desolate interpretation of the world in which we find ourselves, just one of the more painful incidents. Hence the sustenance I’ve been able to find in reading the beautifully produced Dark Mountain books (currently on Issue 5). The Dark Mountain project is comprised of a community that “see the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.” The affinity that has accompanied my reading of the poems, essays, and stories in the Dark Mountain books evokes a sense of kinship.

I’ll be reading the 5th and 6th issues of Dark Mountain, and waiting for the 2nd issue to arrive with its beguiling Rima Staines cover. (In the serendipitous nature of the Internet, I unearthed Dark Mountain after supporting Hedgespoken, a “travelling off-grid theatre,” an extraordinary project, discovered in turn by looking online for opportunities to explore my fascination with myths and storytelling). I also intend to read David Abram and Ivan Illich, both writers that have influenced Dark Mountain.

3 thoughts on “Discovering the Dark Mountain Project.

  1. Thanks for drawing attention to this project…I wasn’t aware of it and it looks quite interesting.

    Have you ever read any of Derrick Jensen’s work? His books A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame build on each other to make a powerful case against industrial civilization.

    • Yes, I read A Language Older than Words a few years ago, and have thought about it often since. Jensen, like John Zerzan, is a particularly American writer. There is something unique about the relationship Americans have with the wilderness. I cannot imagine a European or Asian writer voicing their concerns in the same way. There is a deep Romanticism to both writers. Although there is much I question in their work (and ethic), I find both writers’ work thought provoking.

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