February 28, 2020

P Sazani: every particle of sand carries a piece of the mountain away

A child applies sandpaper to a boulder at the beach, helping erosion along. Source: screenshot from Bill Nye the Science Guy, Season 5 Episode 4: Erosion. 1998.

Heavy Breathing presents, every particle of sand carries a piece of the mountain away by P Sazani. 

every particle of sand carries a piece of the mountain away is a three-part essay on erosion as a tour of the coastline of Vandenberg Air Force Base: a large, restricted base on the central coast of California. Along the way, the landscape will encourage participation in movement and writing exercises.  With a pen and paper handy, prepare to consider edges (of bodies, of sentences, of continents) as sites of decay, renewal, and, crucially, encounter.

Here are some soft suggestions for further reading — for either before or after listening:

The title of this piece is a line taken from Bill Nye’s episode on Erosion, Season 5 Episode 14, which I highly recommend: it is excellent.

image source: WikiHow: “How to Control Erosion”


P Sazani is a writer, artist, and teacher living and working in Los Angeles. She writes science fiction about religion, poetry about matter, and essays about performance. She is one half of the All-Wash-Away Sacred Harp Singers of Los Angeles (AWASH), an experimental publication collective interested in semiotic disaster. Through AWASH she edits DanceNotes, a chapbook series that publishes experiments in dance notation. Her writing has been performed in Los Angeles at REDCAT, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, the mortuary, and Beyond Baroque, and has been published by Wolfman Books, Vallum, and Riting. She is currently finishing a fellowship at CalArts.

The Nothing erodes the landscape of Fantasia. Image source: The Neverending Story, 1984

erosion porn. image source: Wikimedia Commons

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Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?