Just got these thoughtful images from a passer bye who was kind enough to ping me and smoothly tell me off for neglecting the image upload option on the contact form.
Many cheers and thanks for G! 🙂
It looks somewhere between ridiculous and ludicrous – this Virome Caravan “thing”.
Yet, since this “Virome Caravan Thing” is done in full display of all sorts of vulnerabilities and intimacies –
perhaps Virome Caravan helps to bring questions of aesthetics, to do with power, that we might have grown to take for granted?
Power aesthetics that are revealed to bite fanged full and utterly bare through covid oriented times?
ViromeCaravan got made for under £200, and while testing, and it broke twice. (I’m not much of a DIY person really.)
The current ViromeCaravan moves from one place to another like a virus since directions aren’t enforced but afforded.
Motion is done through a combination of pulling – either through skateboarding or by walking.
(Afforded motion – as in to be un-opposed, moving-on and get something done without enforcement.)
Viral infections move from one host to another when cells afford viruses an entry. In a similar way, the ViromeCaravan moves between places when and where it is allowed. Moving into to such and such place, this or that environment, comes with ease – without enforcement.
Therefore its hard to tell, from one day to another, where the ViromeCaravan will go to, and when.
As a creature, the ViromeCaravan has a few peculiar inter-related dynamics.
Traveling creates frictions, while frictions offer possible range of dynamics and movements. Through these symbiotic connections between traveling, movements, and their cross negotiation dynamics –
short reflective texts in forms of diagrams (PersonalBows) are created, collected, and shared.
PersonalBows are written with chalk on the caravan’s body. This way other elements (eg rain, winds, walls, trees and such like) get to leave their frictive marks with the texts. Rains may erase texts, winds smudge letters and trees that host birds – offer poo marks.
All these come together as elements negotiating each other by need rather than force.
This way, the ViromeCaravan operates as a port through which various kinds reflective frictions are made, shared and later, may come spewed as a new specific language of aesthetics.
One of the traders, presented themselves as Director (dictator?) of the market, asked me to leave.
As I was preparing to go, a few kids came by. They were happy to ask questions and check the inside of the caravan (their parent approved).
They wanted me to remain longer, which I tried by taking time to prepare the caravan for moving.
Seems an apropriate example for illustrating how human environmental dynamics influence the viromecaravan’s movements.
Indeed, the person who did the video clips, Simon, did not take images of the kids for all too obvious reasons – another way certain affordances influence that which evolves as culture?
* Images by Simon. Many grateful Thanks!
The site operates as part of, an element in ViromeCaravan. The website will offer ways to connect with the caravan itself – via stuff like:
the tool to send PersonalBows
the contact form (any questions, remarks, thoughts, disses etc. – most welcome 🙂 )
the news section will bring notices that may seem to come relevant for possible ways to evolve dynamics that connect, link and allow ViromeCaravan’s journey.
the fyi – has texts and images About ViromeCaravan.
While using the term Experimental may sound like somewhere between
Possible and Plausible
taking a short and violent route OUT of any rigorous critique, as sometimes happens –
the experimentation here comes as part of risk taking. The risk of doing mistakes with the caravan begins with physical elements – as the body may break in various ways. There are risks of going on roads and sleeping in possibly not entirely hospitable environments.
Moving by affordance – by whet allows to move – offers another kind of risk taking since we can also get stuck a bit, as well as having to forego a bit of foresight as to Where we move.
Experimentation, as different from Experimentalism that celebrates forms of known experimental gestures, requires some kind of risks. Doing stuff that we are clueless as how come they are done. Doing stuff since there’s a restless desire, an itch, rather than a history of reliability.
This kind of turn towards itching cluelessness is also part of the language used on this website..
Therefore it may come across awkward, weird and less than familiar at times. However, hopefully when weird grammar is used, when less than familiar kind of phraseology and terms appear, and some awkwardness may seem palpable –
they come since they are called for. They come since they – like the rest of this line – Escape into life via other options that fail.
(rather than a language forced by some kind of an ideology. for example,
how would one talk in english of evolving life, rather than a defined identified existence? How can we do that empahsis on life’s hard-to-define qualities, when the grammar emphasises Being, as a kind of captive via the verb “to be”? This is a genuine question since I am clueless, hence offer a few possibilities through the text – each with it’s own kind of a risk.)
In case you read this, you are Invited to knock this ViromeCaravan down via the wonders of your intelligence.
Indeed, I think that only a few elements in this ViromeCaravan may have lives of some sublimity –
lives that may evolve rather than come into a coiled collection of past possibilities to offer memories.
Phrases and grammar usage, at times, may seem like english – however not exactly as (most humans) use.
This comes as part of a wider move to place a question-mark along standardised languages – spoken and otherwise. and
(For example, the last line might read smoother in form of: “This IS a part of..” – however, the IS both imagines a present and that it, the verb to Be, as some kind of a steady object. However, a difference is imagined via pointing towards evolutionary dynamics – stuff may come, as that may go, pause, have a swim, disappear, and so on? Imagination rather than existence oriented english?)
While yours truly could speak more daily kind of english –
it seems in-appropriate to attempt at anything other than genuinely authenticity.
Meaning there’s not much entertainment – attempting to please, to stroke places that already feel nice, safe, good and cosey.
Language usage, like the viromeCaravan themselves – is taking some kind of a risk. Risking rejection, miscommunication, and mostly – coming out all Wrong in terms of practice and its connectivities.
These risks are taken since they go along with focusing on evolutionary dynamics (ie, anything may indeed happen), imaginal sensations aesthetics (i.e. sharing sensations as imaginations that have dynamics – hence aesthetics), and since all are a making if not creating kind of a process –
cutting corners is not an option.
It is understood that such a process may not feel easy, or may feel uneasy in a not very necessary way.
Therefore, Please – with lots of sweets on top – Ask, Say, Note, Critique, Give us A shout – we can talk.
The headings are in a font developed specifically with dyslexia in mind. OpenDyslexic.
The narratives behind fonts for Dyslexia are curious since there isn’t an actually conclusive evidence Dyslexic benefit from that font.
It seemed apt to use here since, there’s something virus-like in the question of Dyslexia oriented fonts effectivity.
Perhaps, like a cell, the dyslectic reading brain requires particular shapes to make life easier.
Perhaps like a virus, dyslexic oriented fonts, present themselves as possible friends?
As possibly friendly shapes, dyslexia oriented fonts may multiply – however, are they really friendly for dyslexic humans? Could some humans feel in-adequet dyslexic in case the very font ForThem – reads awkwardly? In such a case, could they, like a cell rejecting a virus – take action confidently?
More over, since we are talking here Viromes – regardless of the eventual friendlyness – or otherwise – of the font, the residue of such a font ever had a contact with humans, at least for a while – will linger after this particular jury come to a conclusion and verdict seems long forgotten.
A term to describe viral genetic material sourced directly from the environment.
Virome refers to the assemblage of viruses. Each such assemblage is often investigated and described by meta-genomic sequencing of viral nucleic acids that are found associated with a particular ecosystem, organism or holobiont.
A company of travelers, pilgrims, merchants, etc., going together for security.
A word that was picked up during the Crusades, via Arabic qairawan, from Persian karwan “group of desert travelers” (which may be related to Sanskrit karabhah “camel”).
How do viruses move?
(for example, all the way from Wuhan – to the Amazonian jungles.)
While each virus may have their own particular ways to enter cells and reproduce, viruses share a manner that allows them into cells.
That is by way of aesthetics of space, shape and elasticity. To put it shortly –
viruses enter cells by looking like something the cells consider rather friendly.
(Indeed, perhaps, since animals are so full of viruses – it may be the case that viruses don’t Want to kill cells, but learn how to live in them?)
Once inhabiting a cell, the virus multiply and attempts to get into neighbouring cells for repeating the operation.
From a virus perspective, each body – an ape, a bird, a cow or a human – are like cell farms that they fancy inhabiting. Therefore we get movement from one animal to another which is similar to that of between cells – the target animal’s body needs to allow the viruses in. That might be via sex, air, touch or whatever –
point is that once an appropriate connection is made for the virus – they enter cells, and from one body to another, may move from the Amzonian Jungles, all the way to the frozen plains of Siberia.
While the multiplication, mutation, development and other evolutionary processes may require force and definitely power and energy from the virus to inflict on their surroundings –
The movement from one cell to another, be it in a different body or just next to an already inhabited one –
is done by affordance.
The virus is allowed, the virus is afforded a way in.
In somehow a similar manner, the ViromeCaravan will move.
Affordance? Yes, going with terrain geography and architecture, with the wind – in direction the least amount of force is required.
There are also other more human elements involved – like where safety may be afforded, perhaps some humans will want to meet, suggest or restrict directions in various manners.
Multiplication and evolution? There’s nothing to stop anyone infected by a friction with the ViromeCaravan to make one themselves. This caravan will be interested to assist.
While evolutionary manners are there as an option – they are in some ways slightly different from other virus movements, as of now.
Thrival? The thriving of a virus via movements between inhabiting within cells. That element comes as part of how the caravan moves. For example, in case of a strong wind, we might require a shelter. In case of getting hungry, we might need to directly moving for a place with food.
In case of requiring electricity – we might need to intentionally find a place to re-charge devices.
I think, since these self-need based moves – allow movements that are allowed, that are afforded by environments and contextual elements –
these do come as part of the affordance dynamics notion of movement.
Any other suggestions?
PersonalBows are a beginning.
a. move. that. lives as. part of ViromeCaravan.
How to make a personalbow?
Let’s consider other bows: like sunbows, rainbows, fogbows, and moonbows*
In spontaneous (aka natural), material-only oriented bows, there are certain dynamics we may notice relatively easy:
Reflections – eg light reflected in water.
Refractions – eg a reflected light alters direction. In rainbows, refraction & reflections make the Bow. or like:
When a spoon is placed in a glass full of water, the bit in the water seems to have a different angle.
Dispersion – eg, the various colours and shades seen in light oriented bows. The light is divided into a spectrum of colours and shades.
These are dynamics in the makeup of various bows since via reflective, refractive and dispersive moves coming in certain frictions with one another – we get fogbows, moonbows and so on.
Here we are about to get into a few translations, analogies and approximations between human sentient operations and materials’ seeming less elastic ways of doing stuff.
Hopefully there’s at least an initial spark of affording such a connecting imagination.
Sure, this may not hold long, since the translation, approximation and possibly analogies could be mistaken. However, even if mistaken – as in somehow the connections and links fall and fail – the wonderings here seem curious and possible to take into other directions yet imagined. Imagining connections that are themselves to do with dynamics between – like reflections, from the perspectives of reflections rather than human. By the very analogy of, for example, human meaning creation as a material operation like refraction – rather than the other way around – I think we get an imagination from material operations through which the human wondering may live as an escapee. The motion in the notion comes from general spontaneous dynamics – through which other more specific frictions may connect. These specificities may be Mammalian, Plant, and directed technological ones – as well as more sophisticated such as apes, humans, whales, ai and others.
(Possibly, the mistaken interest has to do a bit with what Haraway calles “fabulations”)
Here’s a fairly commonly occurring dynamic that we will call here, to begin with, a **PersonalBow**:
In terms of PersonalBows, we can say that there’s a certain element connect-able with the other kinds of Bows mentioned – a reflection.
Therefore, to continue with the dynamics of Bows like moonbows, we can find out whether the reflection has a connected refraction.
What may be a Human oriented refraction, an operation that may take one thing to seem something slightly different?
It seems that, one such operation may be Meaning giving. For example, a reflective wonder about the kind of clothing one wears, might mean – for them – that they want to consider environmental aspects of fashion, or move away from a set of friends, and such like. the point is, that we get a dynamic of altered direction from that of the reflections’.
That alteration in direction, seems connect-able with refractive operations.
Another element of bows like sunbows, is the dispersion. When we talk lights, there are various shades and colours to be noticed. However, in terms of a *PersonalBow*?
Perhaps we can say that how a reflection and refraction may imprint, express and affect themselves in one’s life – has dispersive qualities?
Reflecting the question of what one wears, doesn’t involve meanings only, there are bits of these reflective-meaning dynamics that vibrate through one’s life.
For example, a person might decide getting clothes only from charity shops, and so on.
Like light is being dispersed into constitutive parts, the personal clothing reflection has it’s own parts that make it.
Placed together in ways that maintain the connection between reflective, refractive and dispersive dynamics – we will get PersonalBows on the caravan.
Focus on Environmenal Questions <—>
<—> denoted that connections are between all 3 parts equally
Click here to send, anonymously, a personalbow.
Hats off to Julian Weaver for pointing these bows.
How is this evolving?
We begin with moving like a virus to create personalBows-as-a-virome.
PersonalBows as a horizontally gathered residue of various viruses. Perhaps in this case, we are connecting
Diffusions dynamics as
PersonalBows – with such wondering that may, in itself be considered
All these are initial, perhaps somehow arbitrary, movements that may alter, mutate and most certainly evolve. (even if that evolution is a developmental kind)
PersonalBows as connected to a making of a virome are collected from various environmental elements.
That may Include humans – however, will not preclude others.
For example, environmental elements such as wind and rain will be included in the way that they may live as part of the dynamics that shape what remains with physical residues on the caravan itself.
That’s how we came to use Chalk – a material that may leave marks on the caravan’s plastic. Marks are left as scratches as well as coloured lines.
The caravan has a few materials that may be used to leave marks. Each material with their own characteristics as to how the marks left, look like and may remain – or otherwise.
Hi, (they said) this is great! I love it! (they professed) Which charity do I pay??
There’s no charity involved.
What do you mean??!!
Well.. Its done with art in mind. Fancy paying my very own art world? 😉
C’omon! If its not done for a charity – then, excuse my language, you are mad!
hummm.. Actually.. I did ask the Dr a few years back: would you give me a cerificate saying i was mad? They refused..Fancy their phone number? (btw.. that was part of a language from un wanted and discarded identities.. eg, called the police asking for a criminal record..)
The conversation, with the demand for a charitable cause is curious imho..
the requirement for a cause.. a goal – else you mind is “wrong” if nt clinically insane?
could the beeps, thumbs up and general favorable will from people, come to their preconception this must be some kind of a charitable act?
Perhaps the lot just underlines the sense of ludicrousity, absurdity, and ridiculousness intertwined with this virome caravan?
(intertwined? entwined? intrAtwined?)
There’s a stretch of a road, somewhere around Shoreham lighthouse, that I usually dread skateboarding. It’s a tight stretch and drivers tend to react angrily to my relatively slow progress on the skateboard. A movement they find having to follow since the road isn’t wide enough to get passed.
Today it’s probably the 3rd time I am passing through this stretch by the lighthouse with the ViromeCaravan.
Past few times, drivers didn’t seem angry – and i put it to the fact i was skateboarding with the caravan.
Felt strange, since with the caravan the movement is even slower than that of just skateboarding.
(Perhaps it’s not the speed they get pissed off with when skateboarding? This may become interesting since in case it’s not the speed, there could be a power question relevance..)
Today.. Apart from the seemingly usual, people drive slowly behind and when they can pass – raise thumbs up, there was a bus just behind me with many people in it pointing phone/cameras at the caravan and raising their thumbs.
Somehow though, I doubt people attempt to actually check wtf the ViromeCaravan is. Perhaps the encounter is ridiculous enough?
Just had a chat with someone on a wheelchair.
They were wondering how this kind of a caravan structure might be pulled by them.
Showed them Rosie’s Swale Pope’s book, “just a little run around the world”, for an example of something similar yet different
Somehow the chat veered off towards moving between cities. They said trains are not very useful. They have a special bike made – and a few times they were not allowed on trains with the device 🙁
Since around the 1950s and 60’s, it has become traditional for art and cultural projects to use documentation as a way of dissemination, circulation, and evidence generation of activities and related works.
Through such practices we get various kinds of documentation critique. Ideas that critically engage with specific modes of documentation. For example, photography philosophy that claims events, works and projects are made for the camera.
If cameras have not witnessed such and such act, did the action occur? (A claim that may find contemporary resonances from humans going on civil-rights demos just to get instagramed, through to sentiments that when activities are not shared online – it is as if they never happened, and art oriented works like “How Not To Be Seen” by Hito Steyerl.)
I think that documentation has a range of aesthetic enclosures of entertainment – walled gardens made of transparent bricks. Yes – documentations, like Anderson’s emperor, come naked IMHO.
Documentary dynamics create binary aesthetics made of contemplating Work/Project as a set Reality on one side, and a “documenting” Image/Representation of that reality on another side.
A dynamic which obfuscates the fact that any record is a measurement measuring itself. (hence the cultural conflicts between measurements. Like between metric and imperial.) A binarism that considers a reality beyond the documentation. Something that documenting materials come as an evidence for.
While this may sound like dismissing a real beyond the means of perception – as if the “real” comes only as the Means of perception, the ideas here are slightly different.
A difference which requires clarification since there’s a connection with the idea of creating an aesthetic language.
To put it somehow crudely:
Yes, the viromecaravan moves as a reality.
However, documenting that, focuses attention on the subject – ie viromecaravan as a reality – rather than the fact that via the documentation we spontaneously have new dynamics – hence new realities emerge. Reals that were not there prior to documentation.
A friction between such and such documentational manner, and the viromecaravan brings a new In-Between. Such In-Betweens, such Intervals, rather than images, texts, sounds and other documentation processes – come to life – such intervals are realities in and of themselves, as much as the caravan is.
While its clear that for certain cultural and art activities documentation of some kind or another is imperative, else the whole effort, the whole set of gestures may evaporate like a fang bite from a cloud –
I think How the documentative process operates has a range of resonances and connections which may require, at the very least, new questioning and approaches.
Documentation questioning occurs in various ways through activities I am connected with.
The radical way is to abandon documentation by:
opening up for other elements to get involved in whatever effort is taken.
Considering activities as Ports that create languages to escape. IE
do we need to document the language of Cinema? Computing? Networking? Painting? Philosophising? English? and so on?
Sure, we get documents, data in one way or another that offer suggestions on How to do these languages. However such documents operate as ways of sharing ideas on how to evolve such and such language – they are part of the language’s evolution.
Indeed, when languages begin to come documented as a reality – such documentation comes in ways of and for preservation. An attempt to keep a record of something that’s eminently dying.
Last night I parked the #viromecaravan under a rather leafy tree.
By the morning’s light some things came clearer than in the sincerity of darkness.
Throughout the night there were noises, hushed bloop like. Sounded like large drops of rain.
I was tried, or so my excuse goes – so managed to convince myself, against all other evidence and indeed under a tree circumstance – that it was raining.
Well.. More like raining poo. Birds poo with great generosity. A spontaneous generosity when we notice the nobility of birth in the genealogy of the poo magnanimity.
Another kind of rain will come later.
There were 3 almost distinct poo colours on the caravan’s blackness. Light greys, Light browns, and blackberry purples. They were arranged, almost in rows browns at the top, purples down the curve, and greys in between.
They were left, as marks of poo reflections from birds. Humans thought i should “clean” them markings up. I think some felt some kind of disgust or revulsion.
Perhaps the fact that I, an animal who can exercise will-to-wash, did not clean – was the very sense of their revulsion.
I might be that by not cleaning – other humans felt some kind of a violence from me?
As the case was.. A few hours went by, and then some highly porous water oriented rain came to wash most of the birds poo off the caravan.
Now we have something going on between clouds, winds, rain, viromecaravan, and bird poo – nothing for humans to poke noses into too?
As I move, people ask – or voice speculative ideas – as to made from something like:
“what is this thing?”
While it might be curious to notice that the question of What is It
– rarely left un-answered by the person asking –
I’d like to point a few speculations that come a few times by different people.
For homeless people, the caravan is indeed a caravan or a shelter.
A pizza oven.
Something for sale.
An illegal vehicle.
A hiding from aliens unit.
A music/sound recording studio.
A fantastic way to self isolate – since one can move and self isolate at the same time.