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My debris: an art & science transitional state

Collating the debris is almost compulsive.

There is a constant recycling in all life; and in the process, life leaves debris. Everything leaves debris. It gradually becomes unrecognisable, disconnected from us.

What if we translate a story from the debris before it is recycled?

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One day, at a difficult juncture in my life, I found myself talking to an amazing science communicator. I’m not one for dropping names, but take it from me, she’s in sci-comm for a reason. She unleashed her own special brand of canned wup-ass at me and asked me (I’m paraphrasing) the following questions;

"Why the heck do you think if you leave the lab that it means leaving your science-self behind? There are many more ways to contribute to science, and if you don’t see a niche for your art skills that exists already, why can’t you make your own niche?"

I have a new niche. I don’t know how long it will last. Nothing is certain in art or science. But there is breathing space out here in the void of not knowing what comes next. Space for the compulsion to make… and maybe for actively making myself another niche.

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Collating the debris is almost compulsive.

It feels like translating a story; one that only exists for long enough to be read in the moment when you observe it.

Today I am compelled to preserve the debris, and translate myself from there.

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
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