At Freerange, tricksters and their many guises intrigue us. From the ancient Greek Odysseus to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, we grew up on stories of subversive characters that sprinkle chaos into our ordered society. The stories of our wise and brutal ancestors tell us tales of events from long before we laid our bare feet upon the earth.
Folklore, mythology and religion are filled with brilliant forces of light and dark, played out by a myriad of colourful characters including that of the trickster. Most cultures still have these characters, both real and fictional. They are the mischievous rule breakers, artful swindlers, punks and independent outlaws. They hold an important purpose: to push boundaries, to enter realms others are afraid of, to stir the waters, provoke thought and discussion, to speak truth to power. We put the idea of investigating The Trickster to our collective of contributors and they have come up with all kinds of wild and wonderful subjects. Enjoy!
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The Trickster’s Dictionary by Hana Bojangles
More Songs About Buildings and Food A Transcript of the Well-Attended, Much-Blogged About Lecture on Contemporary Urban Life by Talking Head David Byrne by Minna Ninova
Get out of the Room & Tell me again by Warwick McCallum
The Litigation Trickster by Joe Cederwall
Hit Me with your Knitting Sticks by Claire Hollingsworth
The Trickster Poetic The Politic of a Palestinian Poet by Micaela Sahar
No: 12 Internal Subversion & Apathy Protest by Toby Huddlestone with photos by Gina Moss
Desire & Deception & Reflection: A Brief History of Reflections by Byron Kinnaird
Edward Bernays and the Undemocratic Republic of Bananas by Joseph Tipa
Being Emil McAvoy by Rozzy Middleton
My Kid Could Do That by Federico Monsalve
Gene Genie or Gene’s Collective Experiment by Greta Gillies with pictures by Matthew Landers
A Royal Red Elephant in the Room Gina Moss speaks with Anne Marie Vennel with translations by Penny Spicer
Cheap and Choice Award #3 by Nick Sargent