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Object – Discussion – Action
Human skull

There were interesting comments around reburial. This will be considered later as part of the wider ongoing consultation over ancient British human remains. Part of wider consultation.


This specimen was seen as symbolic of the need to understand malaria. As such it is important to retain the specimen in the Museum. Retain.

Objects in the Africa ‘unlocated’ cupboard

Discussions around the meaning of the label were of more interest than those around the contents of the cupboard. However, the label is inaccurate as the cupboard now contains objects of known origin. The online discussion demonstrates how we should publicise the collection, and the digitisation work, more widely. There are objects in the store for which we have no known origin, but there are frequent visitors to the store, many of whom help in identifications. Replace the label with a correct one and dispose of the old label. ACTION: SW
One contributor suggested making them into jewellery for seahorses! There are possible uses once digitized, such as projections within a gallery, using copies to create jewellery. But do we need the whole collection to do this, there are a lot of them and generally they are rarely used. Audit and review the collection prior to exploring alternative uses. ACTION: DG
Black Poplar seeds

It had been suggested that they be scattered to the wind, although they are unlikely to germinate. It was pointed out that discussion around these seeds started in the summer when there was a lot of ‘f’luff’ flying around. There was research potential with these specimens. Retain.
Victorian newspaper

These are an example of the arbitrary nature of some forms of collecting. Their retention had never been a conscious decision. If someone was researching this period, there are many archives of complete newspapers to consult rather than random individual pages. Julie Marie Strange expressed interest in receiving them. Pass on to Julie Marie Strange. ACTION: LW
Hyena skull
While it had been suggested that we lend the specimen to Creswell Crags it was pointed out that we have recently lent a number of specimens to Creswell for their new visitor centre. Retain.

Leftover dinner shellfish
These had been collected by Bill Pettitt, former Keeper of Invertebrate Zoology, as part of research into cultural aspects of molluscs. There are examples where natural history discoveries were made from specimens shot for the table, including Darwin discovering something in the carcass of an animal whilst on the Beagle. Might be interesting to have an example with which to compare these more famous discoveries. Retain.

Darwin’s Moss

This was only found in the collection recently. There was an interesting proposal from Anne Kelleher to bury the moss on Dartmoor or to return it to Argentina; this inspired a number of other comments around burial and the journey. Another proposal was to burn the specimen as an expression of frustration with the enormity of the problems of survival. However, this specimen will be on display in the Charles Darwin exhibition opening in October. Retain as will be displayed in Charles Darwin: evolution of a scientist from October
These brought many whimsical responses around memories and experiences, they acted as touchstones. The most interesting thing about this group of objects was the label and packaging, which relate to BH or Benjamin Harrison of Ightham in Kent, who was an enthusiastic exponent of eoliths or ‘dawn stones’. Although the eoliths are natural stones and not of interest in themselves they do shed light on a little known episode in the study of prehistoric archaeology. There are lots of eoliths in the collection because the Manchester curators and local enthusiasts were involved in the debate. Suggested that we audit eoliths, keep a representative sample and dispose of the rest, taking up some of offers made on the blog. Audit and review the collection prior to exploring alternative uses. ACTION: BS
Hand Axe
It was suggested we dispose of the hand axe as it was unprovenanced and had been broken in the past and glued back together. There are other better examples in the collection. However, it was felt better to use the hand axe in outreach perhaps as a model for a flint knapping activity. Several people had expressed interest in flint knapping on the Blog. John Lord was a popular demonstrator. Retain and organise a flint-knapping workshop. ACTION: BS
British West African penny

This object has negligible research value, and is kept in a so-called ‘dip and keep’ box. Jonathan Jarrett at the Fitzwilliam Museum offered to give it a home. Transfer to Fitzwilliam Museum if they are still interested. ACTION: KEITH
Dowry bow There was little discussion on blog. It was seen as least valuable item in the archery collection, although it is more relevant to anthropology. Retain and reconsider how curated within the Museum.
Seabed fossil

On the blog a volunteer expressed an attachment to this specimen as ‘her’ rock, used in handling sessions. The documentation for the specimen could be amended to include this connection to an individual. Retain and update catalogue information.

Statue of Buddha
There were a number of comments relating to ‘folk engagement’ with museum collections, touching the Buddha, leaving offerings or protective charms. The Buddha will shortly be going back on display in the Museum entrance. Retain. Consider display of offerings and provision of offering box. ACTION: SW
Orphaned labels
There is a student coming to work on these in September, they will be put into order (like with like) and where possible matched to the original object. A number of similar labels are currently used in Mark Dion’s Bureau. Some probably belong in the Museum archive. There were a number of comments that we should do something active with these, and some interesting ideas on the blog. Retain and reorder. Katy should then be invited to produce a response to the Hermit. ACTION: MC

There was little discussion around the specimens themselves, but much on the relationship between the plant and the wasp. No reason was expressed to dispose of the specimen. While the hymenoptera collection of Museum isn’t particularly strong, it was suggested that we actively seek a fig wasp for the collection. Retain and acquire a fig wasp. ACTION: Dmitri
Carpet beetle

There was no online discussion around this specimen and no reason to dispose of it was expressed. However, it was noted that the species itself is closely monitored throughout the Museum. Retain and continue to monitor the live specimens. ACTION: AS
Photograph of Trucanini

There was an interesting response from a possible relative of a colonial civil servant, but this did not develop into dialogue. Ansuman contacted a representative of the Potameio people in Tasmania who was happy to talk privately but not publicly. There was also contact on Facebook with an owner of a tobacco pouch supposedly made from human skin. The categorization of human cultures by museums was still apparent in the discussions, in Australia this is a live and sensitive issue. Discussion about the contemporary prejudice against half-blooded indigenous Tasmanians. Retain, but scan images and send to Aboriginal group and National Museum of Australia if both are interested. ACTION: SW
Honey Bee

There was very little focus on the bee itself, but it did stimulate discussion around what it stood for. This is relevant to the Museum’s work on sustainability and the environment, as well as the bee being the symbol of Manchester. The Museum used to have an apiary and it would be desirable to have it again, if possible (the Museum shop used to sell the honey). Due to the decrease in green areas around the Museum a lot of wildflowers have been lost, there may not be sufficient to support a colony. Retain the specimen and investigate the possibility of re-establishing the bee-hive (if not at the Museum then possibly at botanical gardens in Fallowfields). ACTION Dmitri
Kiwi feather cloak and kiwi

Main responses were around the suggestion to display them together as a way of discussing the decline of animals and animal resources. The Museum entrance would not be possible as the light levels are too great for this type of material. Retain and explore potential to display in Sustainable Planet? Gallery. ACTION: HMCG

There was no clear discussion over this specimen. Many people were unaware of how it fits into discussions on depletion and loss, although it made the point that minerals are a finite resource. There were also reminiscences around how this particular specimen was collected. Retain as the Museum is a good home for this.
Niedzwetzky Apple

Blog contributors suggested we use it to grow an orchard of apples (pollinated by the re-introduced Museum bees?). Retain and investigate the planting of apple trees in the Living Plants display (or local environment). ACTION: LW
on-marine bivalves

There was not much discussion online for these specimens. It was suggested give one to each schoolchild visiting the Museum. Collection needs rationalization and possibly sharing with others. Retain for now while an audit and assessment of the collection is carried out. Non-traditional methods of disposal should be explored. ACTION: DG
Frog skin cells

Ansuman liked the suggestion we offer cells to a logging company in Madagascar, but no-one else picked up on this. The sample is old and no longer poisonous. Retain and re-examine the relationship between the live animal collection and the rest of the collection. ACTION: NM (as part of Vivarium review)

There was good debate for this object. One contributor was particularly distressed about link with genocide of the Taino people. ‘Another suggested we use it in learning programmes about human interaction and imperialism. It may even be of interest for the Sustainable Planet? Gallery. The Portuguese and Spanish established plantation system of intensive farming in Caribbean with result that indigenous people were displaced and destroyed by disease and war. Only 10 Taino were left in 1610, although half-blooded descendants survived and today campaign to establish their cultural rights. We could offer Duho to a Caribbean museum, although there has been no call for repatriation. These are very rare objects. It has been suggested that duhos were used by women as much as men. Retain and research how it ended up in Salford.Hold a Collective Conversation and publish on YouTube. If no clearer use can be made then investigate potential repatriation. ACTION: SW
Fossil Cockroach

There was not much debate about disposal of this holotype specimen. Retain

Great Wall of China Brick

No-one who responded to blog seemed to care that much! Lack of interest echoes attitude to wall as a whole. Previous offer to Confucius Institute went nowhere. No response/reaction from Chinese visitors either. Possibilities for ‘corporate’ loan to Chinese Consulate. Through work on forthcoming China exhibition we are making stronger links with Manchester’s Chinese communities. Possibilities for display in Ancient Worlds gallery around misguided souvenir collecting, an example of looting of material from ancient monuments. Offer to Chinese Consulate. ACTION: SW/AW
Lady’s Slipper Orchid Collected by Grindon

Paul Baxendale expressed interest in it for the national Museum of Hospital and Pharmaceutical History, but no-one came out to support his proposal. Currently the site of living orchids on North York Moors has to be protected by security. Retain as public interest best served by use in museum.

Clay Lamp

Of the four comments received, three were in favour of retention. There was one suggestion that we could go back to using clay lamps for lighting. During consultation over Ancient Worlds gallery there was strong interest in the use and display of lamps; in particular members of the Sudanese community suggested there was interest in seeing how the lamps change over time. There are over 1200 in the Museum including some duplicates and many different designs. As they tend to come from different sites it would be difficult to propose disposing of some and only keeping a representative selection. Retain and consider use in new galleries. ACTION: BS
Giant earwig

This seemed to frighten people, although it is a rare and precious thing. It is almost definitely extinct because of human activity. Retain as public interest best served by use in museum.
Fossil leaf

There was not much online discussion. It can be used to explain past environments. Retain through lack of other interest.

What factors are causing the population decline? Is it decking in gardens? In the past there was always food available in towns and cities, including through horse feed/manure. This is a similar issue to that of bees and orchids. We already make nesting boxes as part of our public programmes. Perhaps the nesting boxes should be put up as communal nesting boxes but not near the Museum because of insect pests! Museum can promote helpful activity. Retain as they are a challenge for us to do something about the environment. Investigate possibility of establishing nesting boxes. ACTION: HMCG
Coca leaves

This had a similar proposal to the orchid, and a similar response. This is made more difficult by being covered by the Museum’s drugs license so we cannot simply dispose of them. Retain as public interest best served by use in museum.
Carved elephant tusk

Only two responses, including one about the iconography of the tusk. Acquisition method is not clear other than from cotton traders /rubber merchants (slavers?). This is used quite a lot already in public programmes and activities. While the carving is by an anonymous artist, their style and events in their life are evident through the carving. One of the tusks in the collection may date to as early as 1750 and was used as gunpowder container, evidence of the trade with Europeans. A visiting Congolese group last year was particularly pleased to see this in the collection as it places their culture within the Museum. It is further evidence of the links between the journeys to Manchester made by both objects and people. The group is planning a cultural centre in the city, this material may be of further interest to them. Retain and contact the Congolese community group with a view to lending material for their cultural centre. ACTION: AW
Human teeth

As human remains these will be considered later as part of the wider ongoing consultation over ancient British human remains. Part of wider consultation.
Kahun Fire Stick Martin Prothero offered his services in running a fire-making programme; this could be part of a Big Saturday, perhaps together with the flint-knapping. There are also possibilities of filming a Collective Conversation. Retain, continue display of original and organise a fire-making programme. ACTION: AB Hold a Collective Conversation and publish on YouTube. ACTION: BS

Slender Billed Curlew egg

The Radio 4 Today programme recently reported an appeal for sightings of a number of rare species that in some cases have not been seen since the early 20th century – including the slender-billed curlew, which is believed to be extinct. This specimen would be of interest in the Sustainable Planet? Gallery which will deal with extinction. This is one of the most prized specimens in the collection. Retain and consider display in Sustainable Planet? Gallery: ACTION: HMCG
Egyptian reed pen

There was no discussion on the blog. The irony is that you would have to destroy it to use it. One person initially wanted to claim it then backtracked. Retain as ‘being in the Museum is the greatest honour for it’ (blog comment).
Glass of water

Collected by Ansuman whilst a hermit. Ansuman wanted to offer this to the Museum but unfortunately the glass was knocked over during the project and the act of collecting cannot be repeated. Lost.

Which do you want first?


The good news or the bad news?

Well, I suppose it’s hardly news any more, but then again, what’s new in a museum?
What I’m trying to say is that I had a very constructive meeting with the Collections Development Panel back in September 2009. It seems like ancient history now. At that meeting all contributions to this blog were thoroughly assessed. And based on this assessment a number of recommendations were made for the next steps. I’m quite excited about some of the initiatives that may come to fruition (and I do mean fruition). I will get round to following through on these initiatives with the museum, and writing about them here.

That’s the good news.

Unfortunately I was slightly thrown just as I was going in to that Collections Development Panel meeting because I found out that all video documentation of my hermitage had been unwittingly destroyed. It was an administrative error. Misplaced enthusiasm and unusual efficiency. But there you have it. Or don’t. A documentary archive erased. For a live artist it’s a big deal to lose all your video documentation. And in a museum, where so much of my negotiation over the past many months had been focussed on saving and cherishing, storing and restoring. The irony was not lost on me.

I was put off my stride a little but then the headlong rush of my life resumed and I was swept away. Many of you will be keen to hear what has happened, or will happen to the objects I presented on this blog. Be patient a little longer and their continuing stories will unfold. There is no simple story of destruction or preservation, but a complex of conversations and activities in which many people are participating.

In the meantime you may be curious as to what became of me. You may even miss me…

Well, to complete this bad news sandwich here is some more good news. You can watch me on a webcam again! Hurray!

During the Manchester Hermit project I wrote a lot about acquisitions, about our deep volitions, and about the nature of ownership. This thinking led me onto a new piece of work which deals even more directly with the process of giving. I would like to invite all of you to come and be involved in the new project. It is called ‘Present’.

I am living for a week with nothing but what you give me. You can find out more at

Home and Away


Well, I’m back in my tower for one final night and I have to say I was completely unprepared for the depth of emotion I feel.
In the last few weeks I’ve been camping and playing at music festivals, walking and fishing in the Highlands of Scotland, relaxing in the bosom of my family, stimulated by the hustle and bait of London… but only now, back in my familiar tower, do I really feel at home. I feel my soul can expand.

Is it simple nostalgia or familiarity? Or do I detect a vibration in the space itself, in the floors, the walls, the way the light falls, the shape of the sounds, the rhythm of the stairwell? I feel so comfortable here, though there is hardly anything here but an empty room. The intensity of what I experienced here still reverberates.

I almost don’t dare to, but I can’t help thinking of the Fritzl children. Are they really glad to be rescued? Do they long for the routines of their old home?
Yesterday, in London, I started rehearsals on an upcoming project. A play called ‘Life is a Dream’ which will be on at the Donmar Warehouse. Its central character Segismundo is locked in a tower all his life apart from one day when he wakes in a sumptuous palace. The following day he finds himself back in chains. Suddenly, now, I think he must have been a little relieved to have been locked back up again.
Then there are those sad stories in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ of the old prisoners who do not know what to do with their freedom.
I wonder if, in my time as a hermit, I have closed myself down or opened myself up. Who can judge?

I feel much freer here than in any of the places I have been in the last few weeks. I have time and space to think and feel. But should I be the only judge? What about my giving away of myself? My promise to serve?
Am I chained to the world? Are you to judge me? Or some higher power? What duty might I escape?
Now there is no camera unblinking at me. My movements feel different. I wonder who I am talking to.

Many of the feelings that have been hanging over me like a fog over the last few weeks have begun to clarify themselves in the last few hours, as I drink a cup of water alone, go to the toilet, lie on a mat, sit in a corner. It is as though these spaces hold the work I have done previously. I can feel my body settling beneath me, into the foundations of thoughts that have accreted over the many previous times I have done exactly the same actions in the same surroundings. Here I am sedimentary.

The spirits of this place conspire with me. Our rhythms align so that this time I can carry on, build on what has gone before. Now I understand the purpose of the past. Although those spirits too have changed themselves, they continue to grow. There are new piles of dust in the old corners, filled no doubt with new families of microscopic creatures I cannot see or hear. There are two daddy-long-legs in the toilet. They bring autumn. The air, unwarmed by my body, feels slightly cooler, though all of Manchester is bathed in the same rain. But all the spirits remember me and have held my place. Like infinitely solicitous servants they invite me to carry on where I left off.

So, suddenly, I realize the deep root of my sadness. I am mourning the loss of my self. I have so many aspirations. They may even be considered noble, but ultimately they are just mine. Things I want for myself, tasks I want to achieve, understandings I strive for, learnings I want to hold. Books, instruments, knowledge, all my work for enlightenment is a collection for my use. I may temper this truth by saying that I want to share what I collect, it is for wider benefit. But ultimately it remains a collection of myself. A heap of me.

What I undertook to do at the end of my forty days was to serve. This is the hardest thing of all. The monastic vow of obedience is terribly unfashionable in a society of self improvement, self realization.

Paradoxically, to fully walk the hermit’s path it is necessary to leave the hermitage.
Marriage and fatherhood teaches me how self-centred I really am. No relationship is perfect because I can never have all that I want, can never be free to do exactly what I please. To devote oneself to the welfare of others means to give up my own aspirations.

My own selfishness consists of dreams glamourized by my own nostalgia. I want to work on my own body, to make it stronger, healthier, more beautiful, I want to capitalise on my own talents and have the world gaze in admiration of what I have achieved.

Anyone who finds themselves in a situation in which they have companionship without ever having to compromise on their personal aspirations and ethical choices is very lucky. They never need to experience the sadness of this particular realization. There are many blissfull couples. Or at least there seem to be. Perhaps people from more conventional backgrounds, or the same unconventional backgrounds, can find close fits with one another. I know I am a misfit however, an immigrant torn between cultures, continents, languages, disciplines. I pity the person who is just as driven by all the same obsessions as me. I’ve never found them.

Since leaving the Tower, as I have tried to test my arty conceit against the real world, I have been overcome by a despondency it has been difficult to grasp. Only now, returning to this place, which feels like home, can I see it. I am mourning the person who must die.

Bereavement is the most difficult enemy, tainting everything, impossible to escape. To give up what is familiar, what I relied on, what I based myself on, to let it all be washed away and to be swept up into the ongoing world is very, very frightening. What if I don’t like it? What if I am never happy again?

I’m not really sure I can do it. I feel such rage and resentment at the obstacles between me and my muse. In this artwork of my life I have vowed to devote myself to that very obstacle. To kill myself trying. This is such a difficult thing to do. And yet I am also laughing at myself, my earnest conflation of art and life. Why not just relax, stop being so up myself?

Anyway, now it is time to stop. I have to clear up this Tower, remove all trace that I have been here, and then attend the meeting of the Museum Collections Development Panel to finally draw a line under this project.



Hello. It’s only me. Back online after some time out in the wilds of the world. I have to say it’s a relief to be back with you all. My forty days in the Tower seems all the more precious and fleeting in hindsight. The great challenge for me now is to cultivate the same sense of concentration and communion I luxuriated in then. Out here the world screams, seduces, ignores, judges, rushes by. I feel much lonelier and shallower.
Of course the world also throws up gifts. Here’s a poem that I found washed up amongst the flotsam on my doormat when I finally arrived home yesterday. Courtesy of my friend Sax Impey who has himself returned from a long voyage with some beautiful paintings of the sea.

by Lord Byron

To sit on rocks, to muse o’er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene,
Where things that own not man’s dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
With the wild flock that never needs a fold;
Alone o’er steeps and foaming falls to lean;
This is not solitude, ’tis but to hold
Converse with Nature’s charms, and view her stores unrolled.

But midst the crowd, the hurry, the shock of men,
To hear, to see, to feel and to possess,
And roam alone, the world’s tired denizen,
With none who bless us, none whom we can bless;
Minions of splendour shrinking from distress!
None that, with kindred consciousness endued,
If we were not, would seem to smile the less
Of all the flattered, followed, sought and sued;
This is to be alone; this, this is solitude!


Let me remind you now that my hermitage, in seclusion and at large, is coming to an end and this discussion will soon close. On September 3rd a public meeting will be held at the Manchester Museum. The Collections Development Panel of the Museum will be there, along with the Museum Director and myself. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to attend.

At this meeting all the discussions on this blog will be assessed. I have opened up a space for us to collectively consider the value of museums and also things in the world. Anyone with strong views on how we should treat our common heritage still has a few days to make their ideas known. Remember that a single solitary voice with an idea about a particular object is unlikely to be successful. I would urge you to gather support from others if you are serious about your proposal. You will have to work to inspire others with your vision. You could urge your friends and family to give their support if other interest groups are not forthcoming. Any community will be more convincing than none.

Just as important is to support the proposals of others which you feel are worthy. Otherwise the status quo is likely to continue.



Well, it’s midnight and we seem to have reached an elegant outcome without recourse to the crude, mechanical device of a ballot. All those who have expressed a view seem to think that I should be removed from the museum collection, repatriated, and rendered into the safe keeping of Barley Rose. If anyone has a different idea please come forward. As I have said, you will need to be supported by at least two others.

Otherwise, perhaps we can move on to consider the disposal of the rest of the objects.
Although I will be leaving the Tower, there is no need for tearful goodbyes. By the magic of cyberspace I will still be here! This debate should continue until the final face-to-face meeting which is scheduled for 3rd September. I will also be continuing to post my thoughts until then, as a hermit out in the wild.

One decision has been arrived at quite easily. So please let us now focus in more detail on the 40 remaining objects. If you feel strongly about an object you will have to attract the support of at least two other people. And if you agree with someone else’s claim please say so. As Gunter Grass said, ‘The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.’

I imagine we will be able to arrive quite easily at a consensus on each object. It is in the absence of an explicit consensus that the Earth is raped, pillaged and slaughtered.
Many of the objects are simply markers for much larger collective thinking that needs to happen. For example, should the museum keep a beehive? Or make more space for sparrows in its grounds? And more importantly, how will you personally follow that thinking through into action?
Many of the objects might reveal themselves through comparison. How exactly is that first skull I showed different from this last one on which my face is arranged? Do we feel the same way about a tooth as a skull? What’s the difference? And why is it so different if it belonged to a human or another animal? Will we one day look back on our treatment of earwig families in the same way as we now look back on our treatment of Aboriginal Tasmanian families? This is an invitation to examine opinions that we may imagine to be beyond question, or which we’ve never bothered to examine.

This is also an invitation to think collaboratively and transparently. If a mutual agreement on any object is not forthcoming and opinion is sufficiently polarized, then there will be a vote, and the matter will be finally discussed in person on 3rd September.

Of course, if no one speaks up or is willing to care for an object then it will disappear or turn into something else. This was happening before I turned up and it will go on afterwards.
Please bear in mind that my purpose from the beginning has been to reveal and explain our personal implication in the value of some of the things kept here.
All memory must be exercised. If we do not remember what we know then we may as well not know it. We then act in ignorance.

If a museum is a collective memory it must be exercised collectively. Every collection has to be occasionally recollected.
I hope that by my provocation I have reminded us of some common knowledge, and perhaps even stirred up some uncommon knowledge.
This effort will be wasted, however, unless it leads to action. Only in making an active choice is something really valued, made sacred. I have dedicated my whole self.
What will you sacrifice?

Breaking News


As the solitary phase of this project comes to a close I’m thinking about the flicker and chatter of the news media making the world’s head spin.

I was asked to write some short pieces during my time here which would be displayed on the BBC Big Screen here in Manchester. It’s a big outdoor screen in Exchange Square that shows a constantly changing programme for shoppers and passers-by, so that no one has to miss anything. Of course I never got to see it myself. I think my contribution was for the ticker-tape news summary that runs along the bottom of the screen. There was a thirteen word limit but they said they could probably put a couple of messages together to be shown every now and then. So I took it as a nice structural constraint. Here are some thirteen word lines, in couplets, for the BBC news.

I am no more a hermit than these words you read are real.

These marks remind us how to speak. I present the joy of listening.

World news spins on like a wheel. Does it stop at my axle?

In silence I hear the cries of history bearing down, hope flying up.

I am the opposite of the news. I watch what is fading away.

And wait without searching for that which is yet to come into being.

As I delve into the body, it cracks open, cools, disintegrates, dissolves, evaporates.

Puffs of thought are released. One drifts by saying ‘I’m not a metaphor’.

My own feelings are most pressing until on TV I see others feel.

But who’s on? My dog? A bird flying past a cloud? The cloud?

Axes of sense intersect. On my approach the invisible stridulation of crickets stops.

Do they sing of gods, as I might do when I am interrupted?

Sharing this body of an ape with creatures too small to be seen

And this moment with a time too long to remember, I stop fighting.

I’m no roving reporter. There is no Outside Broadcast van. Everything seeps in.

Beside still water, I ride through galaxies and all the stars come round.

My thoughts float on the surface of this body like a glistening slick

From a ship of fools on the Pacific. Whale song ruffles the light.



At midnight tonight (GMT+1) the polls will open and you will have twenty-four hours to choose my fate.

Here is an example of the voting form. This is not the actual form, just an example.
In order to be entered on this form at least two people will have to support you. You can put yourself forward but you will have to have at least two other people support your claim.
If no one claims me then, like any of the other objects, I will just sink back into the obscurity I came from.