Hard/drive is a work about the environmental crises and its enmeshed cultural and political determinants. A conjecture on complex ecologies, it contours the relation between PDC drill bits (that bore hard rock to allow fossil fuel extraction), Teredo navalis (shipworms), trade routes, power, technology, economics, phallocentrism, extinction and crude oil (formed from dead sea creatures and plankton). Hard/drive cultivates a scientific imperative - holding interconnectedness as everything - as the precursor to life. Within this complexly interwoven system, arguably the biggest cost to environment is owed to the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, and Hard/drive formed around this - examining the scientific, political, economic and social conditions of it - to draw on these entangled relations.
'Inspired by the head of the shipworm which could bore through ships' timbers, Marc Brunel, in 1818, patented a tunnelling shield made from iron.'
Of course, animals, plants, human, rock, simple and complex organisms, politics, colonialism - the whole industrial predicate - are co-dependent conditions to climate. So Hard/drive follows this shared ecology - the human process of accelerated ‘civilisation’ from the use of techno-tools and their ensuing ecocidal effects. Through a gender conscious-lens, the website journals systems that suck and those that support, and, offline, Hard/drive looks to create the latter - ‘Pairing systems so that they have to behave’. Symbiosis - specifically mutual aid - is key. The 'long' in belong is duration through time.
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With thanks to all collaborators including - Astra Taylor, Jason Hoelscher, Nadia Lee, David Ferrando Giraut, Zoe Sofoulis, Timothy Morton, Gary Numan, Nathalie Wolver, Richard Feynman, Ada Colau, Paul Virilio, Jodi Dean, Oscar Khan, Art/Work Association, David Priestland, Donna Haraway, Ijeoma Olu, Enriqueta Velarde, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Mt Twain, Teredo Navalis, John Conway, the BBC, Julia Whitty, Jaron Lanier, Flash Crash 2010, Rose Kallal and Mark O Pilkington, Dash Snow, Google, FOTOMUSEUM, VNS Matrix, Alli Coates and Signe Pierce, Platform London, Democracy Now!, MIA, BP, Max Tegmark, Strike! Magazine, Afghan women, Jon Pilkington, UBERMORGEN, Squarespace, Brian Eno, Parker Ito, Kimberly K., International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Cornel West, David Bohm, Joe Brewer, George Carlin, Greg Muttitt, The Darkness, Marc Brunel, Granville Dharmawardena, Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky, Steve Bishop, Naomi Klein Shell, Brad Troemel, Joseph Stieglitz, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Russ Roberts, Fritjof Capra, Nicholas Johnson, Diana Leaf, Peter Kropotkin, Bill Hicks, Aleksandra Domanovic, Junaid Mubeen, Philip Mirowski, Susan J Fowler, Mark Fisher, Eliza Griswold, Mike Epifani, Sir Martin Rees, penguins, backpackers, Tim Berners-Lee, PDC cutters, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, kangaroos, marshmallow, tea, Cindy Crawford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ilana Gershon, Charles Darwin, Graham Stevens, Daniel Christian Wahl, frogs, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, vegans, vegetarians, to the animals ate and the ones forgot, David Attenborough, Charles Darwin, Harmony Korine, Exxon, lobbyists, plastics, seahorses, horses, Patti Smith, to environment, mineral, plant, and rock - to nature, greed, Anonymous, Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway, artists, scientists, explorers, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and, to love and kindred species - all.