Wabi-sabi: Weathering Transience

A guide to the wabi-sabi route.

Tending to things transient, unfinished, and overlooked.

Some experiments and impressions of being with the world-at-large.

An invitation to wander, to watch and wait, noticing and letting things unfold.

The Exquisite & The Liminal.

侘び寂び moods & textures, where matter records its own weathering. Worlds abide in the humble and mundane, with hints of becoming otherwise.
Maja Kuzmanović, Nik Gaffney & Jo Vernaillen


Stills from a world in motion. Seeking out that which hides in shadows, flickers in refractions.
Nik Gaffney & Maja Kuzmanović

Where the Fireflies Glowed and Flickered.

Behind the Big Wooden Buddha Temple in a Summer Long Ago, and Other Lights in Other Years Blinked in the Liquid Darkness.
Alkan Chipperfield

In Shadow.

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”, visual essay with selected quotes from Jun'ichirō Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows


Warping Time Frames.

Arrows and circles, warps and whorls; instances of movement from linear time to something else.
Justin Pickard, Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Times Like These.

Spotlighting alternative temporal orders, where gridded time loosens or breaks; spaces and situations beyond the reach of the clock.
Justin Pickard

The Dance of Not-Knowing.

Cultivating beginner’s mind in a thickening present.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney


A regenerative practice benefiting fields, bodies and networks.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Lying Flat.

Tangpingism, a movement encouraging its proponents to lay flat.
Justin Pickard

Planning with the Seasons.

An experiment in de-homogenising working time.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Traversing Transitions.

Navigating the liminal and the in-between.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney


An impressionistic collage on timelessness, time unbinding, and the experience of being outside time.


Crafts of Noticing.

Immersive, multisensory practices for being-in-the-world
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

The House is Haunted by Itself.

Moving, Still. A call to partake in the radical act of noticing
Timothy Morton

Seeing Just as It Is.

Meditating on a noisy, impermanent world.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Upon Arrival.

Practices for landing, lingering, and leaving.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Performing the Unknown.

Human skins moved by the myriad skins of the Earth.
Anna Maria Orrù

A Spectral Ocular.

Making an instrument to colour the world anew.
Theun Karelse

Walk with me.

You must exchange your feet with your hands.
Cocky Eek and Rachid Tahri

Dwelling on Rocks.

Geomantic sensing and sensemaking. Sifting through the noise of our mineral substrate.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Monster Code.

Encoding millennia of human and elephant evolution in Amsterdam West.
Theun Karelse

Becoming Birdlike.

Birdsong as a creative resource, enriching humans’ musical ideas and listening capabilities.
Stevie Wishart

Vernacular Magic.

Words become amulets. We chant and become enchanted.
Francesca da Rimini


Figments of Affordable Mysticism.

Accessible occult technologies and other instruments of everyday resistance.

Re-enchanting the Present.

Animating non-modern sensibilities of magic and ritual. From static matter to a space of operation. ∆[∆]]
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

A World Replete.

The bubble as double agent, a symbol of existential uncertainty and a trope of playfulness.
Paul Prudence

Approaching the Inexplicable.

Eyes in the place of eyes, ears in the place of ears, tongues tasting chemical gradients across a fungal network of thread-like cells.
Nik Gaffney & Martin Howse

Hexecutable # query sibylline.

Through iterative generative processes, visions from three of antiquity’s sibyls; Persia, Libica, and Delphica.
Francesca da Rimini

Spell Kit For Navigating Uncertainty.

A set of navigational instruments to accompany spellwork.
Cat Jones & Ingrid Vranken


Crossing thresholds with the care they deserve.
Rasa Alksnyte

Panpsychist Propositions.

Or "How the terms ‘mind’ and ‘matter’ are abstractions which in their concreteness are identical."
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney


With our ears to the ground, following stories and sayings about the weather.
Sarah Neville & Family

Otherworlds Oozing.

Glimpses of the mythical amidst the mundane.


Convivia & Refugia.

Making places for connection, imagination and transformation.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Cornerstone of the Outer Monastery.

A manifesto, a pattern language, generative guidelines for a network to come.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Isolation Training.

Locked down, cast out, alone and together, together and alone.
Justin Pickard

Art of Something Larger.

Museums, galleries, theatres and other arts organisations as refuges amidst cultural dissonance and social upheaval.

Ties, Bonds, Grips.

Things to cling to.
Justin Pickard


Being with.

To care, to cure, to comfort, without intervening; helping cope, regardless of the situation.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

To care, with care, for care.

To care for someone is to allow yourself to be touched.
Rasa Alksnyte

Making Dis-ease Matter.

Transforming the pain and discomfort of chemotherapy into a Tibetan singing bowl.
Stephen Barrass & Maja Kuzmanović

Rituales para mi corazón.

Rituals for my heart
Francesca da Rimini

Beyond the Spoken.

Notes from a year in transience. A letter to desire.
Barbara Raes


Restoring and revitalising damaged objects, systems, structures.

Death and Gardening.

The individual disintegrating into the many.
Theun Karelse

Conscious Closure.

How to intentionally dissolve a studio.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney

Final Grumblings.

The inevitable fade out.
Maja Kuzmanović & Nik Gaffney