Brunkebergsåsen – Tellurian to Tellurian

May 8, 2018


Act One

On stage, foremost, an endless and expanding darkness engulfing absolutely everything. Centre stage, a star named The Sun extremely attention seeking in its imposing luminance. In front of The Sun, a planet named Tellus. A lively character, wet and overgrown covered with a thin layer of gas. On Tellus, bedrock, an esker and water shifting in temperament.

(Makes a very unpleasant low pitched hissing sound.)

The Sun:
(Hums too loud Let the sunshine in while pondering which of the Hair or Army of Lovers version is the best one, concluding that they both are the best ones.)

My skin, my beautiful skin of bedrock! Water, you vile, schizophrenic substance! Hard and cold have you ravaged my body. I will heat things up for you and turn you to a shapeless fluid.

Ice melting away turning to water. Covers in its watery depths its offspring an esker, a ridge of crushed bedrock.

Act Two

The bedrock has risen up after the hard and cold has been lifted from it. Therefore leaving the esker revealed. Some Tellurians enter stage with an ego even bigger The Sun. The Tellurians dwells on, in and trough the esker and names it Brunkebergsåsen.

(Continues making the very unpleasant low pitched hissing sound.)

The Sun:
(Plays Hide and Seek. Fail to hide due to its as mentioned imposing character.)

The water:
My child, my poor child! My esker, my poor little esker! The limits is reached, I will turn to ice and avenge the crime of Brunkebergstunneln, Kungsgatan, Citysaneringen and Norra länken! I will turn it all to crumble under my weight! You just wait!

The Tellurians starts to situate themselves as audience outside stage being at the same time on stage in the Stockholm City Theatre, located in the excavated esker. Equipped with the intellectual ability of having multiple truths and realities they while watching the play somehow are unaware and aware of also being on stage.1 2 Something that doesn’t hinder them from zooming start whispering to each other.

Tellurian 1:
You know, this reminds me of a seminar recently about the Anthropocene and storytelling… Eh, Anthropocene is like a way of defining a period of time when mankind is affecting the earth’s climate. For like, raising awareness for climate change and such. But its problematic term also. Anyway…3

Tellurian 2:
I thought you were in Architecture school?

Tellurian 1:
Yeah, you know, everything is connected.4

Tellurian 2:

Tellurian 1:
So, in this text discussed at the seminar, this Jane Bennet-someone, talks about seeing the possible political agency of other things than humans. Like worms or like in this play the sun and the water.5

Tellurian 2:
I wonder what that weird hissing sound is then.

Tellurian 1:
Me too. Its really unpleasant. Anyway, she refers to this democratic theory which make an analogy between political and ecological systems. Any action easily becomes an political one of being a thing of the society.6

Tellurian 2:
John Dewey?

Tellurian 1:
Yes! Nice.

Tellurian 2:
Read about him in a political science course.

End of excerpt of a play that may be finished in the future.


1. Colebrook, Claire; Introduction; Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction, vol. 1; Colebrook, Claire(ed); Ann Arbor; Open Humanities Press, University of Michigan Library; 2014; 9-11.

2. Turpin, Etienne; Introduction; Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, and Philosophy, Turpin, Etienne(ed); Ann Arbor; Open Humanities Press, Michigan Publishing; 2013; 3-6.

3. Heise, Ursula K; Introduction: Planet, Species, Justice – and the stories we tell about them; The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities; Ursula K. Heise et al.(ed)Oxon and New York: Routledge; 2017; 4-5.

4. Barber, Daniel; Architectural History in the Anthropocene; Journal of Architecture, 21 (8); 1165–70.

5. Bennett, Jane; Political Ecologies; Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things; Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. 94-95.

6. Ibid; 95.

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