Reframing 
Kinship 

Reframing Kinship investigates how Western culture idealizes landscape and by doing so, it removes living processes and species from the very ecologies that sustain them.  My research activities utilized the garden as a tool to think through time, the urban and rural. I translated the experience of the rural into objects such as drawings, paintings, hand-spun threads, and film to consider the landscape, as a bio-diverse ecology fostered through our participation with the landscape. In my research, I engaged in a series of participatory acts with the landscape to reenact the necessary processes to sustain life on the polder.

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Thinking Object  Fieldwork Archive

 

How can we participate in our landscape, if the very cultural structures we make, separate us from living processes?

artworks 

Research Document: Publication Diffracting Dialogs

 

An introduction to my interview method using the concept of diffraction in conversations with: Alice Smits, Ioana Biris, Jessica van Bossum, Natascha Hagenbeek, and Maike van Stiphout

Thinking Object:  Hand-spun wool yarn

Description of process and thinking towards togetherness.  Consider: fibers as individuals twisting together for collective, ongoing change.

Photo: Dominik Fleischmann

Artwork: Film, Ongoing 

 

A contemplative film of the cycles necessary to sustain life on the polder and the threads that keep us tied to the generative in life. 

 
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On The Nature of a Name

Performative lecture in collaboration with Marit Mihklepp

Framer Framed, Amsterdam. 2020

Unknowing the Known 

Film and Live Performance with Rosalie Wammes, 2020

When a universal system takes precedent over the particularities of ecologies, complex systems become covered up, disconnected and unmade.  The Western knowledge of plant uses is gathered not by listening to the plants themselves but by an instructional knowledge of utility. Artists Amy Pekal and Marit Mihklepp created a playful performative lecture entitled On the Nature of a Name that investigates the etymology of plant species. With the use of the Latin and indigenous names in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Pekal and Mihklepp draw attention to the relations between plant species and how they might communicate and evolve with each other. The performance, operating alongside Framer Framed’s exhibition On the Nature of Botanical Gardens, embodies a decolonial lens to challenge the garden and begins to make efforts in the reparations of lost indigenous knowledge within the institutions botanical collection.

A contemplative Zoom meditation on our current methods of co-existing with the world. A film by Amy Pekal with a score and performance by Rosalie Wammes