Martin Howse gives a thorough introduction (2022) to their line of eurorack modules. I like how simple the functions are: Noise is made from a laser passing smoke, picked up by a light sensitive sensor and amplified. Simplicity makes it easier to digest the conceptual frameworks the modules spring from. And the conceptual frameworks are made accessible using simple narrative hooks. But Howse’s narrative devices are whimsical. They offer anecdotal snippets to research, which spark curiosity – But simultaneously establish an authoritative tone. Loose references to research build up the appearance of an gray-intellectual-figure, a sense that there is deep and firm knowledge underlining the whims. I don’t like this tone because it feels authoritative and non-negotiable, like a ghost.

There was an interesting audience question (1:02:37) whether Howse’s modules make up a system, narrative or an ecosystem. The question is impossible to answer and nice to ponder. Touching and effecting code and electronics with naked birth-flesh sounds complicated and inspiring but thinking about it… It is what we are all doing all the time with our devices. They have also attempted to transcribe fiction into functional code, which feels like a great approach to teach coding! Orca could easily be made into a world building exercise or possibly even a simulation.

I came acquainted to the gray-intellectual-ghost trough the placement of an introduction text of the Skills of Economy exhibition at SIC in 2014. Jussi wanted to attach a curatorial statement text on a huge sheet of metal, left leaning casually against the gallery door. I don’t think anyone read the text because it was placed like a leftover – But the text was critical for establishing a sense of certainty and intent to the array of artistic nicnacs we as Ore.e Ref. supplied.

An easy to read summer horror story and the earth drank deep (2022) Ntsika Kota. I like the tone of the text. Easily written stuff enables imaginative reading.

I should built a Mixor Image by modular-maculata.



ERD/WORM an eurorack module with soil as one of the components announced by artist Martin Howse. He is also running interesting (but expensive) Wormed Voice -workshops in London.

Took part in the independence day protest events with Pietari. We followed the mounted police through the night. The evening was uneventful and I have a hangover.

Preparing my presentation for the Creative Commons and Art seminar tomorrow at the Pori Art Museum.


Jussi Parikka and Martin Howse talking on a video about skyscrapers being “inverted mines” and failing an alchemy demonstration. 1h video (which works as audio only version too) offers a decent update on what Parikka and Howse are up to.


To make sense of what one sees around or to see what makes sense.

The craftspersons profession manifests as mastery <Every other trade fits in here> The artist profession represents failuri.

Human efforts of describing the past of the planet (and life on it) using geological evidence is hostile towards the autonomius (and possibly mysterious) processes of creation, decay and entropy buried in our planet’s crust. As a byproduct of geological research, materials are removed from the context where they auto-express themselves. These fragmented materials are then re-represented as evidence of geological and astronomical developments. As these snapshots of non-human processes are extracted from the soil and exhibited inside pure-human institutions they legitimize our species rein of the globe. Martin Howse‘s earthcomputer and psychogeophysics offer more sensible routes for interactions with the planet.

(This topic came into discussion with Päivi Allonen during interview for the Grey Cube Gallery exhibition at the Helsinki Zoo).