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The Godfather of Solarpunk interviewed: Adam Flynn

Adam Flynn wrote “Solarpunk: Notes towards a manifesto” three years ago. How far we have come! The article became a rallying cry for Solarpunksters everywhere, and Adam has been an important hub in the movement ever since (I’m not sure how he will like being called the “Godfather of Solarpunk” – but the title seems to suit him just fine in terms of symbolism!). Continue reading The Godfather of Solarpunk interviewed: Adam Flynn

The Art of Solarpunks: acesonued

Since I first met Laura aka acesonued (pronounced: ah-key-so-noo-eed) at Zday 2015 in Brisbane, she has really embraced her own style. And that style has become more and more Solarpunk whenever I had the pleasure of checking it out. Or the other way around, acesonued is defining the Solarpunk style more and more –  after all the Solarpunk style is still being birthed by artists just like her.

acesonued’s visual art is an expressive scifi-manga-co(s)mic-psychedelic-solarpunk fusion which I would call Dali-esque at times (not that I have many visual artsy credentials but I know Dali-dream style when I lay eyes on it!) – colourful, explosive, thoughtful, multi-faceted – in short, beautiful.

16715868_1459411790760442_359710060294127892_oIf that wasn’t Solarpunk enough yet, acesonued is also a musician. She plays guitar and piano, writes her own music and portrays it in her angelic voice – acting as much-needed and appreciated support in the healing of our Great Mother Earth and our own kind.

 

I greatly admire acesonued’s dedication to her creative expression, her art and style. She really lives on a different plane than most, sees the world with different eyes, and through her visions and creations shapes the world around her for the better – baby step by baby step.

Just like most of us Solarpunks do!

acesonued is showcasing her work and playing some tunes this coming weekend at her cave in Annerley, Brisbane, so come on over, say hi – and maybe even support her by buying a print that calls out to your heart’s desire…

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Connect with acesonued:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ItStartsWithL

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acesonued/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/acesonued

Support acesonued on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/iamalreadyhome

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Solarpunks interviewed: Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro

Many thanks to the generosity of Abraham Martinez, editor of the digital weekly sci fi, horror and fantasy magazine “El Ojo de Uk”, for supplying this interview from a year ago!

It seems a great time to publish it again as the Brazilian anthology “SolarpunkHistórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável“, which played a massive role in getting the Solarpunk movement off the ground in 2012, is about to be translated from Portuguese and published in English by World Weaver Press. I for one can’t wait to get into it!

Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro is a Brazilian sci fi writer, editor and the anthologist that curated that precious first Solarpunk anthology, which also includes one of his works. He has published several novels and novelettes and won a few prizes for his work.

Abraham Martinez Where does the idea of “solarpunk” came from?

Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro – Well, after the success of our steampunk short fiction anthology, Vaporpunk (2010), Draco’s publisher Erick Santos Cardoso invited me to organize a second anthology, also retrofuturistic in tone, but a bit more advanced in time, for its stories should take place in the beginning of the internal combustion engine age. He said that, if that second anthology also succeeds, there will be a third, not so much retrofuturistic as the previous ones, but one whose stories speak of self-sustaining (green) energy sources. So, our concept of a punk trianthology – that is, a trilogy of anthologies – was born. In fact, published in 2001, Dieselpunk was the first anthology on that new subgenre of retrofuturism in the whole world. And, one and a half year later, we launched Solarpunk (2012: digital; 2013: press), an anthology where we employed that “solarpunk” concept in a broad sense, for the short fiction narratives we chose to include spoke of several kinds of sustainable energy and not only the solar one.

AM – Why is it important to talk about “a brighter future”?

GL-R – Because many readers seem to be tired of those old dystopian plots. Perhaps, it is right time to write about greener and more inspiring futures, timelines not troubled by so much pollution, overpopulation, famine, mass extinctions and global warming. Stories and novels about fairly wise characters living in a rather mature civilization. Please, notice that I am not stating that shall not exist conflicts, dilemmas and human drama in those fictional solarpunk civilizations, because, in literary terms, aseptic utopias use to be rather dull. Thus, the authors’ challenge in the solarpunk subgenre is to build an interesting & loving piece of original fiction inside a greener future history.

AM – In space opera and cyberpunk there is always a “messiah” or “chosen one” as main character in the stories. Is solarpunk different? Why?

GL-R – While we do not have enough solarpunk fiction yet to plot an against-Messiah trend of sorts, I am prone to agree with you about the absence of Messianic characters in solarpunk narratives. Why is it so? In my opinion, that absence occurs because, in solarpunk fiction, characters don’t need to fight in and against their dystopic worlds. Or, maybe, because solarpunk authors usually enjoy building her/his fictional world from a more optimistic standpoint.

AM – The idea of a sustainable, equitable and fair future sounds like utopia. What does the solarpunk genre needs to root in the collective imagination?

GL-R – Ecological and fantastic narratives in a self-sustaining world (notice that it is the very translation of Solarpunk’s subtitle) are not necessarily dull like the standard utopia. Of course it’s easier for an author to build her/his plot on a cliché dystopic background. This is so easy that a great deal of the fantastic readerdom is sick of that kind of narrative. So, I think that the relevance of solarpunk narratives resides perhaps in their ability to present conflict and drama in an intelligent and fascinating manner within a self-sustaining future world.

AM – When will we have Solarpunk: Histórias ecológicas e fantásticas em um mundo sustentável translated to Spanish?

GL-R – A very good question, indeed. Unfortunately, I am not able to give a definitive answer, because, while both Draco publishing house and I, as anthologist, would love to see Solarpunk published in other languages, we know that is not easy to convince, say, a Spanish or a Hispanic American publisher to bet her/his money on this solar-powered underdog. However, the more we talk/write about this anthology, the more the people know about it and, in so doing, we increase its meager chances, right?

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***The image used is the cover of the 2012 SolarpunkHistórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável anthology***

Solarpunk in Zine Form: Check out OBSOLETE!

There are several awesome things about OBSOLETE! Press – especially, obviously, that their latest issue from February 2017 is on Solarpunk.

I immensely enjoyed their About page, so I’ll just go ahead an quote a couple of t why the name OBSOLETE!?

In post-post-post-modern society even the term “obsolete” is becoming obsolete- products are obsolete before they hit the market-place, technology is only good as long as its replacement is in beta-testing.

And this beautiful explanation of why a zine in print form was created in the information age of digital everything, where knowledge does not equal wisdom and cultural rigidity is indeed more ripe than we like to admit.

 In the early part of the 20th century, Harold Innis, a Canadian media theorist and predecessor of Marshall McCluhan, postulated that great civilizations were those that balanced “time-binding” media (which retain ideas and history), and “space-binding” media (which allows ideas to travel rapidly). He felt, back in the 50’s, that western society was relying too much on space-binding media like radio and television, and that the over-exposure was leading to a culture where “…The emphasis on change is the only permanent characteristic.” He felt that this trend would kill shared experience and local identity and create and atmosphere of paranoia and rigid political militarization. No one knows what Innis would have thought of the internet, but despite all of the great gifts of modern technology, some of Innis’ warnings seem to be coming true. Despite the gushing flow of “free” information, cultural rigidity appears to be setting in.

And lastly, spoken by true Solarpunks:

The books we publish reflect our love for the physical world and the DIY aesthetic.

I’ll add here that digital versions are also available as the good OBSOLETE! peops recognises the digital media!

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Peace yo, and keep up the good work!

Obsolete Solarpunk Issue # 10

The Art of Solarpunks: Marina DeBris

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that currently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Making art and fashion – pardon me, I meant of course – trashion out of “junk” collected on beaches is how Marina DeBris encourages us to re-think, re-use and re-cycle stuff.

What an excellent, Solarpunky way to question how we use stuff and what happens to it when we are done with it.

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Improv that Reclaims Public Space

One of the things Solarpunks like to do in their spare time is finding ways to enrich their own lives and those of others’. Doesn’t sound punk enough? Well, rethinking (and then actioning) where we gather to make any kind of art plays a role in system change, just like any other action does when we remind ourselves that we are making history everyday.

Solarpunks keep interaction with the dominant system to a minimum, bend rules and leave impressions to challenge the status quo.

This friendly bunch of Brisbane Solarpunks likes to sing and jam together, and a few weeks ago they set out to explore interesting public places in terms of their acoustics.

The stormwater drain near the highway boasted street art, mad acoustics, and friendly dogs being taken for walks. It also proved suitable for a celebratory glass of champagne.

The stone stairwell at one of our big universities enthralled…angelic echoes and heavenly vibrations…where time stops being and being takes over, without thought but with voice, hum hum hummmmmm … trying out new tunes without feeling self conscious as they are meant to be there… notes with neither beginning nor end, where it’s obvious that sound was there first…

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The Art of Solarpunks: Luc Schuiten

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that presently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Luc Schuiten: Vegetal Cities. Solarpunk cities.

The Art of Solarpunks: Molly Crabapple

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that presently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Molly Crabapple is not just an amazing visual artist, but also a gutsy journalist, activist and excellent writer. Strength of character, honesty and a healthy sense of humour make her stand out from the pack. Her memoir is a page turner with many meaningful quotes and gorgeous illustrations. Her art is unique, at once beautiful, disturbing, and insightful. She is the example for artivism (activism+art); reviews calling her “a brilliant and principled artist – can’t get much more Solarpunk than that!

In my wildest dreams Molly draws the future by illustrating my novel…

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Images credit to Molly Crabapple @ https://mollycrabapple.com/

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that form the centre of my artivism focus!

Inspiring, beautifying, thought-provoking mega murals and street art: The art of Mona Caron

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The Art of Solarpunks: Nylnook

There is plenty of art out there that could be “classified” as Solarpunk, but the genre is still so underground that not many identify with it (yet).

So I will introduce some artists who I would love to label as Solarpunks, even though labels don’t usually sit well with me…more on that in future posts. In the context of Solarpunk though, I am more than happy to label and be labelled, and hopefully so will these wonderfully inspiring individuals that presently form the centre of my artivism focus!

Nylnook – Comics and illustrations that portray the present and explore the future.

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