Raime – Passed Over Trail
Call Super – Milkweed
Camp Of Wolves – Collapsed Adit
Triad God – Chow Bat Por
Heathered Pearls feat. Danny Scales – Muscle/Maintain/Feen
Nosaj Thing – No Mind
Arthur Russell – I Take This Time (Live 6/24/84)
Cktrl – Will The Feelings Leave
The Cinematic Orchestra – Lessons (Dorian Concept Remix)
Dr…um – Gloomy Monday
Pursuit Grooves – Footprints Galore
Cornell Campbell – Bandulu-Hard Time featuring Ra…
The Revolutionaries – Kunta Kinte Version 1
Mark Pritchard – Be Like Water
Kamran – Kamran
Boardgame James – Specialised Movers
Elf Kid – Golden Boy (Hilts Remix)
Ikonika – Please
Zha – Shattered
Etch – Distrust
Coco Bryce – Deep Into The Jungle
Sound Source Direct – A Made Up Sound
Wardown – Thanks for Comming
Claude Speed – Backwards Track 3
Craven Faults – Hard Level Force
Griffit Vigo – Ancestral Vibe
Scratcha DVA – Storm_Original_Mix
John Beltran – Moth
Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
I visited Detroit a little over eight years ago, an inspiring place at an important time in its history – shortly before the city filed for bankruptcy in 2013. The cities population had been in steady decline since the collapse of the industry that the motor industry was built for.
It is important to be careful about fetishising the crumbling of Detroit; for many residents for whom Detroit was a place to call home the fact that the city was in flux would have been a source of at best friction, and at worst desolation. But Detroit seems to have an enduring ability to overcome adversity and to build from the ground up. For some, the collapse of the economy had brought about the opportunity for a new way of life; Freed from the burden of the usual expense of city living – and with an abundance of unused spaces around them they had begun to grow things there.
At this time the transformation of the landscape was captivating and my interest was largely aesthetic. Retrospectively, having spent more time growing food to eat myself, and having read about farms and farming I see it differently – less about a hopeful but dystopian juxtaposition and more about a re-tuning of our relationship with the most fundamental parts of our living.
Detroit perhaps more than anywhere embodies the hapless use of resources of the last century, and of our arrogance in trying to shape the environment around our wants. But what emerged amongst the concrete of decaying grand buildings, factories and once neat suburbs of an ailing city showed how we could grow food close to home. It also shows that given the time and the space doing so is something that people are drawn to do; and are nourished by.
Living Soil: A Documentary – from the Soil institute looking at how large scale farming can adapt new methods to protect and enrich the most vital component.
James Lovelock explaining Gaia theory – how our planet could be considered an organism full of complex symbiotic relationships.
This Land Is Our Land: The Farm Crisis In America – 1986 documentary about the state of farming and the market forces affecting farming.
Cover image: Arthur Rothstein