Ebbing

"When certain conditions (p12)
present themselves (p18), forgotten
things can be revealed.
Geological (p26), political, technological - human.
The final condition for this particular situation, is you."

Ebbing: A Primer for Becoming a Fluid Body is a historical walking performance for one, a game manual, a poetry sequence and a speculative fiction. Using light roleplay mechanics, Ebbing invites readers to leave their homes and walk in nature. One’s own waterways become the stage for an exploration of the Clitterhouse Brook, a tributary of the River Brent in North West London. The book is part of a community-centred research project investigating the conflicting velocities of change in the area; the rapid redevelopment and gentrification of the area through the Brent Cross Town construction, and the slower community developement centred around the Clitterhouse Farm Project.

Using a choose-your-own-adventure format, the text can be read in several different orders, reflecting the meandering nature of the waterways, and the multiplicity of uncertain futures of the local community. 

Orbiting a reverential unearthing of the area’s topology, and a gently playful look at the future, Ebbing aims to give readers an insight into semi-suburban creep and the shifting landscape of urban growth. 

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