Today marks the release of the 8th issue of the Dark Mountain journal. For those who were not aware of it, this journal and its kindred projects have had some influence on our thinking in recent years, since its launch in 2009. It has provided a forum for reprobates such as ourselves to voice both their doubts about the current zeitgeist and their imaginings of other possible paths, in a space where such things are not immediately persecuted out of existence.
The below paragraphs are presented on the project's 'About' page by way of explanation:
"The machine is stuttering and the engineers are in panic. They are wondering if perhaps they do not understand it as well as they imagined. They are wondering whether they are controlling it at all or whether, perhaps, it is controlling them.
- From Uncivilisation: the Dark Mountain Manifesto
The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that 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 Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary literature and art were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves."