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"Its an ancient god, being awakened, being uploaded, being digitized...along with all the other worldly mythologies." 

In Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age from Honolulu Vol. 23 artist Solomon Enos, known for his "Epic Tales of Hi`iakaikapoliopele" interpreted as large scale murals and installations, passionately shares his most recent project, “Polyfantastica”, where evil corporations are personified as grotesque monsters in tales of battles of good over evil.

The work is a continuation of his life-long project called “Mata” in which he hopes may unify all the global mythologies and theologies into the final human narrative, hosted as an international public game for children.

This is some next level imagination! 

“Just outside Hoke’s Bluff was a hole in fabric of time and space. Henry turned it into a business.”

Writer and researcher Mark Thomson delves into his historical research work. In “The Lost Tools of Henry Hoke” from PKN Townsville Vol. 7, Mark uncovers the history of Australia’s greatest unknown genius inventor, Henry Hoke, who can be credited with the creation of the wooden magnet, and the clockwork car.


“Science fiction is inevitably science fact.”

Science fiction author Jeremy Gosnell speaks on the current state of artificial intelligence and biotechnology. In “Intelligence and Mysteries” from PKN Accident Vol. 2, he goes into depth on some of science’s most impressive recent developments, and how many of these concepts make it into his exciting new book, The Terminal.

“Methanogens once ruled the earth — until the great oxygen catastrophe.”

Former science teacher and practicing artist Justin Davies delves into the mythical “will-o’-the-wisp” atmospheric ghost lights seen at night over bogs and swamps. In “Fire from the Breathless Muck” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22, Justin gives us a scientific history of methane, oxygen, and carbons.

“Hawaiian eruptions sometimes produce these spectacular fountains…”

Specialist in Geology and Geophysics Scott Rowland has a hot, incandescent love for lava. In “Lava Flows” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22 he speaks about his research he’s done on both fresh flows and and older volcanos, and how lava has affected the residents of the Hawaiian islands.

Just what is colour anyway?

It all started with a surgery to remove Carly Blackman’s thyroid in 2012. In “Colour Decoded” from PKN Toronto Vol. 32 we see that this was the beginning of Carly’s years-long journey of research, writing, and designing for a book focused on the science of colour intended for the more “right-brain” inclined individual.

“I love brains — not in a zombie sort of way — I love discovering how they work.”

Occupational therapist Julie Frew explores a thought: science can be interpreted as very bleak, but also full of hope. In “Universal Grey Matter” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 21 she draws parallels between the human brain and our vast universe.

Projection: Earth in 2100

Do we choose to cap greenhouse gas emissions? Do we choose to stop burning fossil fuels? Or do we just keep going?

Professor Matthew Brown gives us a hard look at facts of where Earth is headed in the next 100 years. In “Projection: Earth in 2100” from PKN St. Augustine Vol. 2, Matthew shows us what impact humans have had on climate change.

“At the end of their lives, these stars celebrated their achievements by hurling life-giving elements into space, in a gently expanding display of intense, nebula beauty.”

Retired Professor of Astronomy from the University of Hawaii Gareth Wynn-Williams speaks about the stars and the universe. In “Fire & Sky & Life” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22, Gareth shows us what 34 years of fantastic astronomy lectures results in.

“Space is information-rich, and the events that occur therein provide narrative.”

Miles Thorogood explores how space provides information and can be interpreted by artists in different ways. In “The Information of Space” from PKN Richmond, BC Vol. 3, we see this concept is the basis behind Audio Metaphor, a company which transforms text into soundscape composition. Miles describes some projects that have been done to create AI systems which mimic animal behaviour. 

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