Wonderground #3

Wonderground is a vessel for stories that grow from the soil. Stories about who and where we are, where we want to go, and how we might get there.

It is said that the first vessels were created not to hold objects, but to hold stories. The vessel – made of earth, shaped by hand, fired with coals that were once trees – was revered and sacred, passed down from one generation to the next. Not for what it was, but for what it held.

Regeneration is the word that best describes the Wonderground mission, ethos and output. How can we move towards a way of being – as individuals and businesses and societies – that gives more to the world than it takes? How can we grow a world that fosters life, in all its wild expression?

Wonderground holds these questions, whilst traversing the terrain of nature and ecology, design and architecture, art and culture. We defy easy definition, because meaning is not genre-specific and life is messy.

Issue #3 - Desire Lines

Issue Three of Wonderground explores the ways in which lives are shaped by both desire and line. We’re exploring ideas of ecosexuality and Derek Jarman’s garden, mapping flight paths, meandering along desire lines, tracing the story of Nikolai Vavilov, using desire as a design tool, and holding tight to the rope stretched across the deep.

Keeper of Place: People. Learned student and gentle teacher Mark Parre has dedicated his life to care, curiosity and growth.

Tracing the Sky: Ornithographies by Xavi Bou. Art & Design, EcologySpanish photographer Xavi Bou makes visible the invisible movements of birds in the sky.

Scent and Memory: Culture. MemoirOur sense of smell tethers us unconsciously and elusively to people, places and our past. How? Why?

The Pleasure Garden of the Living and Dead: Culture. Gardens Ecosexuality and Derek Jarman's garden.

Paths of Least Resistance: A Conversation With Teresa Moller. Art & Design, ConversationsAcclaimed Chilean landscape architect Teresa Moller chats with Georgina Reid.

Between the Lines: Culture. An inexhaustive exploration of line and desire.

Beach Beat (Public Acts of Indecency): Poetry. New poetry by Scott-Patrick Mitchell.

A Line Across the Deep: Culture. The courage and patience required to make art can be found in unlikely places.

Reckoning with Marianne North: Art & Design, Culture.Christin Geall reflects on privilege, art and plants.

Flight Paths: Ecology. The lines that mark movement of animals and plants across landscapes are mysterious and long misunderstood. What can we learn about our world and ourselves if we pay them attention?

Love Letters to Country: Culture, People. Gamilaraay writer Marika Duczynski yarns with Wiradjuri artist, poet and author Jazz Money about language and Country.

Phosphorescence: Poetry. Words by Jazz Money Images by Daniel Shipp Issue 3Poetry…

A Forestless Path: Culture, Ecology. 'I wonder whether I walked through a forest at all.' Courtney Adamson comes to ground in a desecrated landscape.

Choreographing Desire: Agriculture, Ecology. How can land be managed in a way that liberates, not smothers, ecological processes?

Conversations with Plants: Botanica. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano tunes into the desires of plants.

Labour Relations: Culture. Recognising the value of life-supporting work in the home and garden.

The Wild Streets of Vancouver: Culture, Gardens. A city lets its grass grow.

The Collector: Agriculture, Culture. Nikolaj Vavilov lived, and died, for diversity.

Site Unseen: Art & Design. Three artists speak about how the land we live on is cleaved by borders or shaped by colonial desires.

Ogmographia: Poetry. A poem by India Flint.