On this Episode we explore the concept of sacred spaces in landscape in a new, more narratively driven format.
"The trees grew thicker and darker, further eliding the sky until only a faint sliver of the fluctuating heavens remained. Out of the crushing stillness of the heavy forest, Ismo began to perceive a sound, so faint and low pitched that he felt more than heard it. They drew closer to the source of the reverberations, which echoed in his bones like the beating of a smith’s hammer."
"Apocalyptic nostalgia steeps us in our longing for both a comforting but unfulfilling past and a destructive but ideologically simplified future. We seek to understand the complexities of our modern world by recontextualizing them in a post apocalyptic setting, but we also want to pierce the veil of modernity and suss out fundamental ideas and attitudes about humanity as a whole."
A misty rain was beginning to settle on the coast. This prompted tiny, grey shelled creatures to waddle up through the rocks surrounding both men. Their light green and gooey bodies propelled their movements in the tiny micro-rivers amongst the rocks, seeking to be washed away to a greater stream. Neither human nor creature noticed each other.
"This land is referred to as Missapi. It is known for its steep hills where hundreds of villages nestle amongst its thousands of valleys. The traveler gets lost in the allure of the area, as it doesn’t have the ferocity of mountains, but rather comprises itself in a connected fabric of towering mounds that stretch on as far as the mind can construct, where rivers and creeks have cut the geography into vein-like networks."
"My ideas behind Apocalyptic Nostalgia are spiritual ones, they’re both a fear and a longing, and together they are a moment, but a moment for me to experience the otherness to our nature. The world is too complex, to be human is too complex, and all the facets of our identities, our experiences, are simply too complex, but I seek to understand them."
"I wrote this story a few years ago as a reflection on infertility and the landscape along the North Shore. I was so intrigued with the idea of not being able to leave behind your own legacy. It was the North Shore that I felt was a good place for this setting, just based on its history of shipping and industry. I took freedom in dramatizing the landscape, but kept true to the mysterious, dark, and beautiful imagery that this region evokes."
"What does it mean to belong in our digital age? Our days are spent adrift in a vast sea of content. News, advertising, reviews, listicles, think pieces, artifacts of a life lived both locally and globally. We gather a constellation of these digital shards around ourselves to create our own individualized universe of experiences."