Wander Lines: Mythodological Escapism

August 13-19, 2017
Saysutshun – Newcastle Island, BC;
Snuneymuxw First Nation Traditional Territory

What is wandering if not an imagined escape?

How might we change our ways of thinking? Mythodology is a call to develop creative means of imagining new forms of thought—ones that seek to break free of old logics and scientific processes reducing life to standards and measures. As mythodologists we seek to imagine, create, desire and affect new forms of research, life and living.

Mythos is ontogenetic: it remains ontologically unstable and pries open potentially new forms-of-life. Wandering creates and connects intricate paths and flight lines both metaphorically and materially, remaking in order to escape the rootedness of knowledge—towards perambulatory paraknowledge.

In this meeting of MLS we will collectively work with pathic knowledges and alter-writings, reconfigured sensations and microgestures, irrationalisms and becoming-termites, strings and fields, walking and symbiosis, fabulations and hyperstitions—with the land as co-storyteller.


Field Notes

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[Photo credits: Anne Steves, Sean Smith, April Vannini, Annik Gaudet, Rebecca Anweiler]



1. Curatorial propositions and co-generated textbook: Wander Lines: Mythodological Escapism

2. Deprogram: A Becoming-Termite for Any Elementemporal


Mini Library

1. Donna Haraway – Tentacular Thinking

2a. Michael Marder – Thoreau’s Beans

2b. Michael Marder – Deleuze’s Rhizome

3. Rosi Braidotti – Transposing Differences

4. Ronald Bogue – Science Fiction and the People to Come

5. Leanne Simpson – Land as Pedagogy

6. Nandita Biswas Mellamphy – Women out of Time

7. Vanessa Watts – Indigenous Place-Thought

8. Peter Pal Pelbart – Wander Lines



“The Murmur Land Studios curatorial collective would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather for the Wander Lines field school is the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Snuneymuxw First Nation, a Coast Salish people who live on Vancouver Island and speak the Hul’qumi’num dialect. Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is part of Snuneymuxw First Nation Traditional Territory.

Newcastle Island or Saysutshun has always had a special place in the hearts of Snuneymuxw people or mustiyuxw. It has been used as a place of healing. When someone had passed away in the community, the loved ones would go to Newcastle island to yu’thuy’thut to fix up their heart, mind and body and let go of their tears.

As the event participants of Wander Lines we further acknowledge that we are visitors passing through this traditional territory, endeavouring to walk with gentle footsteps and interweave a number of cares: care for others, care for self, care for the event, and most importantly, care for the land and water.”