Tumbling down the Dark Mountain

A little blog from the people at the Dark Mountain Project

the bestiary show

Sheffield-based street artist Phlegm opened his first ever gallery show at Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch on Saturday, the first of February.

The Bestiary is a non-commercial exhibition arranged as a collection of his old and new characters:some presented in jars on the shelves, and some placed in the middle of action, or in their ‘natural’ habitat. Don’t miss (ends 4th March).
Photo credit by Marcus Peel.

dark mountain kitchen

Lovely illustration by Danish artist Signe Kjær.from the current post on the Dark Mountain blog, Being Pioneers.

These illustrations appear in Andrea Hejlskov’s book Og Den Store Flugt about living in the wild woods in Sweden.

Uncivilised illustrator? do get in touch with charlotte@dark-mountain.net

feral imagination

Finding something wild and unexpected in the city.

Portland Road squirrel and acorn by artists Boe and Irony who paint giant urban birds and animals (raven, pigeon, magpie and fox) on the walls of North London.

Visual contributions to Dark Mountain 5 are now welcome (charlotte@dark-mountain.net). Deadline 6th January 2014.


Dark Mountain call out: We’re also looking for some great images of the four Uncivilisation Festivals for a photo retrospective in book five. If you were there in 2010-13 and caught the moment, do get in touch. charlotte@dark-mountain.net.

Reading and installation at the recent The Gifting by Warren Draper The Telling and The Gifting are Dark Mountain-inspired events in Doncaster, led by Warren Draper and Rachel Horne.

Cover in blue

Dark Mountain books have so far been coloured ivory and emerald, crimson and gold, deep purple and peat brown. One colour that hasn’t appeared yet on the shelves is blue: indigo, azure, ultramarine, sky blue, ocean blue, mountain blue .…(here in primary force from an exhibition of Frans Widerberg’s luminous paintings).

Cover submissions in blue (and all other colours) for Dark Mountain 5 are now welcome. Please send to charlotte@dark-mountain.net.

Horse and Rider by Frans Widerberg. New overview on the visionary painter from Oslo out next March (SkiraRizzoli). Text by Michael Tucker and Holger Kofoed, Introduction by Frans Widerberg.

Cover story

We’re in search of a great new cover for our fifth collection to be published in April. Covers can be abstract or figurative, but have to contain one essential element: a mountain!

All submissions to charlotte@dark-mountain.net.

Petermann Ranges by Elton Wirri Tjungurrayi www.ngurart.com.au

From ‘Charnel House for Roadkill’, by Dougie Strang; an installation making its debut at this year’s Uncivilisation festival

“It struck me that both Knight and Dalton were part of a tradition, if one could call it that, of voluntary exclusion from the exalted trajectory of progress on which humanity finds itself. They were living in a manner which has been common to all people, in all places, for most of our existence as humans on this earth. They have found a level of comfort, a way of being, with which many of us are familiar: the silence of being in large woods, the grace with which we move when outdoors, unhurried, for some time.”

—   Ian Hill on the Thoreau of Lakeland. Read the full story on the Dark Mountain blog.

“To de-animalize human mentality, to purge it of obsolete
evolutionary characteristics, in particular of death,
which foreknowledge terrorizes the contents of skulls with,
is the fundamental project of technology…”

—   Galway Kinnell, from ‘The Fundamental Project of Technology’.
Find more techno-critiques in the latest Dark Mountain book

The Green Old Road by Cat-Art


The Green Old Road by Cat-Art

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