Permapoesis is the portmanteau for permanent making, a term I've developed, incorporating permaculture principles and indigenous thinking, to define a practice of art that participates in what it represents; that is of its environment; that generates no waste.
Through developing processes of permapoesis I recognise Aboriginal intelligence (people not driven by technics but rather by the logic and spirit of country) as the means for future ecological functioning – reclaiming the sensuous, uncertain and intimate, composting anthropocentrism, moving from agriculture's fences, chemicals and motors to more chance orientated modes of existence such as foraging, gardening and hunting, on foot.
In this context permapoesis is a reclaiming of locavore sensibilities; a poetic of nearness; an economics of material accountability; walking for food.
My art and writing have appeared in various publications including Artlink, Meanjin, Cordite, Arena, Jacket, Trouble, Overland, Rabbit, HEAT, Going Down Swinging, Southerly, D!SSENT, The Material Poem and Arena. I have works included in recent issues of ecopoetics (US), Spiral Orb (US), Philosophy Activism Nature - PAN (AUS) and Angelaki (UK), and my work was featured in The Atlantic (US) in 2010. In 2012 my poem Step by Step was awarded joint runner-up of the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. My collaborative street art practice with Jason Workman, called WorkmanJones (2006-2009), was featured in an exhibition titled Too Much of Me: 7 Paths Through the Absurd at MUMA in 2009. In late 2008 I published A Free-dragging Manifesto along side Peter O'Mara's subtext in a publication we jointly titled How To Do Words With Things - You can read Astrid Lorange's review in Jacket here or scroll down to read the book.
As the Artist as Family we installed Food Forest in 2010, a public artwork as community garden in Sydney, commissioned at the invitation of the MCA, as part of the exhibition In the balance: art for a changing world. Food Forest was funded by the Keir Foundation. Food Forest was recently featured in the international anthology Art & Ecology Now (Thames and Hudson)
I recently finished doctoral work at UWS within the Writing and Society Research Group, where my research involved the development of my concepts, permapoesis and walked-for food. My thesis is called Walking for food: regaining permapoesis, and can be accessed through the UWS library or contact me if you'd like a PDF copy emailed.
I'm currently working on the book, The art of free travel; an environmental memoir documenting the 14 month, 9000 km bicycle trip Artist as Family took recording all the free food available in Australia procured by foraging, fishing, hunting, bartering and gleaning. That book will be out in late 2015.
In 2004 I edited the anthology Words and Things: concrete poetry/ supersigns/ multiple language, which was joint winner of the 2005 SCU National Artist Book Award. It was funded through the Regional Arts Fund. Click the below image for James Stuart's review in Cordite.
Words and Things, 2004 (Reverie)
Designed by Ian Robertson. Including works by Marie Sierra, Jeff Stewart, Peter Tyndall, Peter O'Mara, Alex Selenitch, Patrick Jones, Geoffrey Baxter, Aleks Danko and Richard Tipping. (Out of print)
Read Words and Things here
A Free-dragging Manifesto, 2008 (Tree-Elbow)
In 2008 I published How To Do Words with Things: A Free-dragging Manifesto along side Peter O'Mara's volume of visual poems Subtext.
Read or download free here.
A Free-dragging Manifesto (cover)
Designed by Ian Robertson. Funded by Regional Arts Victoria. You can read Astrid Lorange's review in Jacket by clicking on the image above.
James Stuart's 2007 Anthology
The Material Poem features the work of Australian poets, artists and critics, all of whom are engaged with poetry, and more broadly language, as a material form. Includes: ALEX SELENITSCH | AMANDA STEWART | CHRIS EDWARDS | ELENA KNOX | FRANZ EHMANN | GARETH JENKINS |HAZEL SMITH | JAMES STUART | JILL JONES & ANNETTE WILLIS | JOHANNA FEATHERSTONE | KLARE LANSON | KOMNINOS ZERVOS | KRISTIN HANNAFORD | LINDA CARROLI | LINDA MARIE WALKER | MICHAEL FARRELL | NATASHA DUSENJKO | NICK KEYS | NORMANA WIGHT & ANNE KIRKER | PATRICK JONES | PETER LYSSIOTIS | PETER O’MARA | RICHARD TIPPING | RUARK LEWIS | WAYZGOOSE PRESS
Coming Soon (to a life-style near you)
Future Scenarios road sign (after David Holmgren). Concept and design by Patrick Jones (with Ian Robertson), 2009.
Ian Robertson, Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones direct this micro-press. Please contact us: treeelbow[at]gmail[dot]com
In California right now, due to twenty years of GMO ill health in the US, people are demanding their food is labelled so as they can avoid GMOs in their diet. If the vote is YES, this will set a precedent in the US and send a strong message to the biotech industry that the public don't want their Frankenscience technology.
However, pesticide giants and junk food playmates Coke and Pepsi are throwing millions at a campaign to persuade people otherwise.
MapLight analysis of California Secretary of State data
In Australia we must continue to apply the pressure on governments to disengage with these criminal companies that are knowingly promulgating illness and harm. Biotech agribusiness will never feed the world, only make it less well.