Dark Mountain: Issue 8 – Technê (PDF)

is a writer, walker and author of two travel books: Walking the Woods and the Water and Where the Wild Winds Are. He works as an editor for the Dark Mountain Project, and has contributed to many of its books.


The Autumn 2015 edition is a special issue of non-fiction and artwork on the subject of technê and technology.


This is a PDF download of Dark Mountain: Issue 8 – Technê.

We are at a strange moment in human history. Things that once belonged to the outlandish fantasies of science fiction – from killer robots to nanomachines – are becoming reality. At the same time, ecological and social costs of this technological revolution are becoming clearer each day.

The eighth Dark Mountain book is a special issue on the theme of Technê. Through essays, artwork and how-to guides, this issue confronts the difficult questions of our time: Where are these tools and technologies leading us? What does it mean for the natural world and our own humanity? And how do we live through this?

Familiar names – Paul Kingsnorth picking apart the devotional underpinnings of transhumanism, or Charles Foster ruminating on the materiality of writing – and established figures like David Graeber and Bill McKibben rub shoulders here with new contributors and fresh perspectives: Sarah Perry considering the role of ritual in an automated world, James Bridle wayfaring around our ever-suffocating electromagnetic blanket, or Catrina Davies writing on the technosphere of her live-in shed. At the same time, we look back at the thinkers of the past who tried to warn us of the perilous path we were travelling – Chellis Glendinning recalls the neo-Luddites of yesteryear, while Jan van Boeckel writes of the documentary he made on 20th century techno-sage Jacques Ellul.

The editors for this issue were Charlotte Du Cann, Paul Kingsnorth, Tom Smith and Steve Wheeler.

Dark Mountain: Issue 8 is 426 pages long.