Undergrowth Magazine

The Nomadology Project

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the nomadology project


“Here we go, kids. Breathe in a lungful of petrol fumes and take flight, high on fossil fuels.
Scatter now, travel is cheap - but it won’t be forever.
What if we are the last airborne generation?”

Crossing from the personal to the political, local to the global, Nomadology is an anthology of anecdotes, gonzo journalism, personal confessions and political reflections by digital gypsies on the nature of travel in a globalised world. Nomadology features unconventional travel stories with a consciousness that taps into a generation of young travellers seeking something more than the tourism circuits promoted by generic guidebooks and package holidays. From the central Australian desert to the red light districts of New Delhi, hitch-hiking across the USA with a pyromaniac gulf-war veteran to body-bagging in Thailand after the tsunami, or meeting the discoverer of LSD in Switzerland on his one hundredth birthday, the tales in Nomadology explore the world in a unique, yet personal way. What unites the stories is the question of what travel means in a globalised world. What is the connection between the modern backpacker and the philosophy of the nomad in traditional cultures, and how do we trascend the barriers of culture and connect with the places we are travelling through.

Project History:
The Nomadology Book is the result of 18 months of writing through Undergrowth’s Nomadology website created with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts which employs blogging software that allows contributors to post coordinates of where and when they are writing their stories from. It was edited and designed, Tim Parish, writer, video artist and founder of Undergrowth.org and Nicolas Low, an English Literature Post Gradute student at Melbourne University and designer of the Nomadology site . The contributors to the book range from activists to artists, teachers to journalists, amateur shamans to itinerant performers.

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The Terence Mckenna OmniBus - Chapter 1 - "Who am I?"

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12 minutes
12 releases
12 months
We're giving away the first in this series of previously unseen rants by Terence Mckenna. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality.
The 12th, and final release, will be somewhere between the 12th-21st December, depending on the degree of quickening.
In December Terence will utter his 2012 predictions. Yes, this footage really exists, as does other unseen stuff that will provoke and astound you.
Each 'episode' or 'chapter', will deal with a specific subject.
In Chapter One: "Who Am I?" The unfolding of the Mckenna Mojo begins..
Early releases details will always be found on the Cognition Factor Forum here.

Issue #5: The Human Ecology

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The Human Animal is out of control. It spreads across the earth like a virus, taking what it wants and always needing more. It builds machines to do its work and cities to congregate its masses away from the natural world it exploits. Oblivious to the fact it lives in a natural ecosystem, the Human Animal replaces energetics with economics, the real with the rationalised in a virtual web of globalisation. Yet, moving through its monoculture crowds, pockets of diversity and multiculturalism still thrive. The undergrowth is fertile with the coloured plumes of resistance, with strange and wonderful new forms that have mutated to survive a world out of balance. From office drones in their concrete archipelagos to dumpster divers in the backstreets of the Empire, the Human Ecology pulses with life. Feral communities celebrate on the edge of bush dancefloors. Urban pagans connect with nature under the eyes of satellite cameras. The children of the System are remembering the Sacred. The walls are coming tumbling down as the Human Animal starts to recognise itself and its place in the web of life...


Issue #3: Tales of the Simulacrum

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 Credit on, plug in, drop out Join the Virtual Revolution... Transcend the material world with 24 hour plug-n-play... you know you want to... Over a thousand interactive codeworlds. Be Anyone, Anywhere, with the exciting digital universe of the Simulacrum tm - where dreams become reality and reality is merely a dream. *Some conditions apply. Offer void where prohibited by law. Complete body and life maintenance available for full time users paying by direct debit on a minimum 24 month contract...



Undergrowth #2 > TERRA POETICA


In the early 21st Century the War on Terror was a billion dollar Spectacle conceived by the military-entertainment complex, which served to distract humanity from the more widespread and dangerous War on Terra. In the human zoo, we stand somewhere between monoculture and wilderness, shaping our mental ecologies from the debris of empire + revolution. Resisting the fictions broadcast by crude television satellites and saturated by tabloid media. On the streets, poetic terrorists paint the rumour of some new indigenous struggle. Earth magicians retrofit the urban ecology. New paradigms mingle with archaic lores in the interzones of the information war. We are all natives remembering the language of Terra Poetica.


TERRA POETICA is the second issue of Undergrowth Magazine - first published in May 2004, launched at the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Australia. The issue covers issues of global environmental politics, deep ecology, activism, indigenous rights, permaculture and more.

Issue #1: Seed

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As Undergrowth.org celebrates its SEVENTH birthday (Issue #1 launch March 4, 2004) here's a blast from the past that is eerily prescient, and is still cutting edge in 2011. Browse through the online flip book and the deep ecological-consciousness-social change issues are as poetic and profound as ever.


Tim Parish & Rak Razam

Undergrowth Editors

Read the book online here:




Journeybook is an essential map of hyperspace for the contemporary psychonaut and the uninitiated alike. Travel through time and space and partake of mushrooms at Harvard, hemp in Nimbin, DMT in the Amazon and anti-depressents in the suburbs of the West, to name but a few of the experiences which await you. Dance at Dionysian festivals, meet alchemists in the laboratories of Switzerland, trippers in the corporate highrises of Brisvegas, and journey to the edge of the universe within our anthology's pages...

Journeybook is a collection of tales of altered states, essays, history and manifesto for psychedelic culture in the 21st century. It covers the modern usage of sacramental plants and offers insights into traditional and contemporary shamanism, as well as analysis of the current state of global psychedelic culture and its place in a sustainable future.

It features interviews with Terence McKenna (previously unpublished), Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, as well as articles by Rak Razam, Erik Davis, Graham St John, Tim Parish, Tim Boucher and a fresh selection of bold new writers from around Australia. At 280 pages, it is fully illustrated with dozens of colour paintings, photography and digital graphics from the Undergrowth art collective, including new works by Gerhard Hillmann, Oliver Dunlop, Izwoz, Ahimsa, Tim Parish and others.

Journeybook is an essential handbook for those interested in the subject of consciousness, spirituality and understanding the rich pharmacopia of thought that exists beyond the confines of mainstream cosmology.

Read on. Tune in. Discover.



'wrapped in prayers' by Ben Donovan



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Random flyer front Undergrowth #6 - RANDOM MOLECULES

From the quantum to the cosmic, chaos theory to chaos magick, political powerplays to psychedelic activism, free radicals and spiritual anarchism - beware a premature definition of reality.

Feature Writers: Rod Baker, John Pace, Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Tim Parish, Rak Razam, Claire Wren, Levin Daistchenko, Hakim Bey, Jonathan Arrow, Dan MacKinlay, Betwixt, Rumi + Hafez...

Issue #4: Snapshots of the Resolution

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Undergrowth DVD: "Snapshots of the Resolution" explores the power of independent media activism to discuss and speak out about themes of social, ecological and political issues. The compilation weaves together subject matter ranging from war to deforestation, alternative energy, street art, culture jamming, overpopulation, uranium mining, organic farming and the challenges of democracy in a fast paced collection of humourous, creative and politically charged short films, music videos, animations and documentaries.

Australian and international filmmakers featured include; Benjamin Ducroz, Joe Brumm, Heidi Douglas, Izzy Brown, Deepchild, Paul Baiguerra, Mutiny Media, Anto Skene, Freerange Graphics, Tim Parish, Nina Paley, Jean Poole and Adam Robb. Also featuring soundtracks by Combat Wombat, Deepchild, TZU, The Herd and Yum. History After a second well received program of short films, documentaries and animations at the 2004 Electrofringe Festival, produced in association with Undergrowth Digital Magazine, we decided to curate a DVD for our fourth issue, collecting together national and international video activist documentaries, political satire, short films and animations.
Launched in December, 2004 at the Queensland media art festival Straight Out Of Brisbane, Undergrowth #4 - Snapshots of the Resolution is now available as a free PDF online magazine as well as a DVD for sale from the Undergrowth website. Since then the compilation has been screened around Australia, at various festivals, outdoor cinemas in Darwin, independent and underground cinemas and through the web archives of archive.org

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