thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you considers the necropolitical landscape of the Flow Country , an ostensibly natural territory composed from a subterranean molecular system which circulates decay and energy across geological epochs. The bog lands are unearthly territories to imagine and speculate on future extinction and the limits of the planet, where the ghosts of the white Anthropocene – land grabs, dispossession, forced migration, corporate extraction, environmental poisoning – are preserved in deep time and rendered inhuman materialities of the earth.
The bogs register and cannibalise the sedate and rapid transformations of local and planetary systems – the Clearances, environmental violence, scars of peat cuttings, abuse of corpses, reverberations of racialised and colonial violence and precisely dated traces of nuclear particles. volcanic ash and acid rain – while the metabolic processes of the sphagnum mosses continually process parallel forms of induced living and dying to recite ancient geohistorical matter and disturb time.
The Highland landscape is a critical zone of capitalist modernism which has memorialised the ‘developmental’ logic of neocolonialism and continues its language of growth, extraction, exploitation and profit accumulation; a space-port is being built to launch satellites from North Sutherland; oversized switched-off wind farms generate lucrative returns for landowners; the powerful economic body of the white Scottish ancestry industry encourages a cleansing of Scotland’s imperial history and mandatory policies sanction forced migration from socially disadvantaged urban areas. thulu thu thu, before the sun harms you confronts the inadequacy and injustices of the Anthropocene model, which collapses the whole of humanity’s intervention in the environment into an indivisible monolith, dislocating it from the asymmetric violence and impact of racialised capitalism.
..Whiteness became established as a right to geography, to take place, to traverse the globe and to extract from cultural, corporeal, and material registers, – while other bodies had to absorb the excess of that surplus as toxicity, pollution, and intensification of storms. Again, and again..
(A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, Kathryn Yusoff)
thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you is stage one of a long-term collaborative project, which overtime will build a collective network of participants and organisations from a diversity of disciplines, practices and geographies.
During stage one, knowbotiq will produce a formless, anonymised and undefined object out of collectively braided raffia fibres in collaboration with Ira Wilhelm and Pablo Alarcón. Through a series of community workshops with friends, guests, sentients of the bogs, the undefined will be contaminated by multiplying knowledges and practices. It will be moved anonymised and collective, in collaboration with performer Ashanti Harris through local zones: the surveillance technology stations at the restoration zone of the carbon sink bogs; the petropolitical and military space port site; the denuclearisation zone and the renewable energy production zone of the wind farm. The undefined will dis/assemble bodies and traces of the soil; it will invent intimacies and gestures of care towards the subterranean and transgress translocal relations. The grammar of the zones will be transcribed through anonymised coordinated action, crystallising their form into the material and movement.
The collective coordinated and opaque movements will be triggered and led by various incantations, a fractured series of sounds, songs, readings and technocosmologies which respond to the politics of the Anthropocene. Sound artist Lamin Fofana, artist and researcher Ayesha Hameed, political activist and publisher Eric Huntley, artist and writer Pedro Neves Marques in collaboration with musician Raw Forest, research collective and activists Casa Wontanara, dj Odete, performance artist Romy Rüegger; `some kind of artist working on some kind of nature` Tejal Shah; poet and performer Belinda Zhawi, and others were commissioned to produce contributions and share their explorations and poetic affectations on geographies of the Anthropocene.
thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you disturbs the white jurisdiction of the
planet and will search for and cohabit different imaginaries to experience the
political, biophysical, socio-cultural and economic dimensions of nature.
 A vast expanse of peatland blanket bog which is the largest in Europe and intensively protected as an important carbon sink in the fight against climate change. Large parts of the landscape are currently being “re- and denaturalized”, molecularly “repaired”, “restored” and “conserved”.
 During the C18th and C19th Highland Clearances, feudal landlords, enriched from their profits from colonial plantations, forced crofters off their land to move to newly built fishing villages or emigrate to the colonies in Guyana, Jamaica, India and Canada. Large moorland areas were drained, afforested and converted into sheep grazing and deer stalking territories.
 Sphagnum mosses carpet the bogs and play a vital role in forming the peat. They conserve water and nutrients and over thousands of years, layers of dead sphagnum build up to form peat.
 The Anthropocene is the current geological age, a period in which human activity has had the biggest impact on the environment and climate.
 ecologists, djs, historians, nuclear-physicists, dancers and anthropologists
The research and development of this project has been generously supported by historian David Alston; Roxane Andersen and Dave Braidwood, Environmental Research Institute, nuclear engineer John Whitfield and The Flows to the Future team.