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The Dark Mountain Project; the Ends of the World | 2017


the Modeling is featured in the 11th issue of the Dark Mountain Project book series, The Ends of the World [2017]. It’s exciting to be part of such an extraordinary project and I’m glad I was able to contribute to their book series. Issue 11 takes as its premise the notion of endings – cultural, social, ecological, political existential – but recognises that things seldom end, or begin, in well-mannered ways. The work you will find in these pages explores the liminal territory between simplistic poles; an untidy realm in which some worlds appear to be ending completely, some partially, some not at all, and in which entirely new beginnings emerge from the cracks in between”.
Our eleventh book of uncivilised writing and artwork is published in turbulent times. Following the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, voices from across the political spectrum have loudly called time on liberalism, the post-1945 international consensus and the era of globalisation. Yet beyond the political-cultural bubble, the cogs of the machine keep whirling much the same. The mountains are still being levelled for mines, the bottom-of-the-barrel scrabble to prop up fossil fuel economies continues with tar sands and fracking, and – despite nativist posturing to the contrary – extractive globalisation proceeds apace, driven by the seemingly unstoppable logic of consumption. “[...] When things get messy, people reach for straight lines. In times of confusion, the impuls to take refuge in simplicity - simple choices, simple forms of identity, simple stories - can be deeply reassuring; borders keep entities intact, not just apart. Liminal spaces and in-between zones are things to be feared and avoided. Constructing barriers, real or imagined, is part of an ancient cultural drive to divide the black from the white, and push troublesome grey areas back into nacreous realms of the subconscious where they belong [...] As old certainties unravel ever more suddenly, and with consequences that grow increasingly unpredictable, our 11th publication reflects these turbulent times as they are: uncivilised, seldom straight and defiantly unsimple [...]
features printed illustrations and colour plates with artwork by Christos Galanis, Tanja Leonardt, Michiel Pijpe, Caroline Ross, Constantin Schlachter, Mairead Dunne, Daro Montag, Lucy Kerr, Katie Craney, Tom Pazderka and Garry Williams.

Please visit the DARK MOUNTAIN webpage for more information.

Mark