An archive of material encounters and colliding thoughts
For Cultureland, instead of seeing isolation and social distancing as a limit, I plan to my investigate the current conditions of transition, post-quarantine as an opportunity in learning to live as naturecultures. My research for this phase of Assembled Ecologies will focus specifically on rebuilding community, connection to place and restoring our feeling of being at home and belonging in the world, in spite of global uncertainty. These are essential components of building a different perspective of naturecultures within public spaces; the rural and the urban specifically in Amsterdam and the Dutch polder region.
The goals of this research are to collect narrative interviews conceived alongside the urban. We never really feel the fullness of earths ongoing because, in the urban, that relation is mediated and preplanned. When I think about assembling and mending or rebuilding relations between culture and nature I see it as an ecology- a systemic set of relations, an entanglement and the beauty of ecologies is that they are filled with material encounters, intra-actions between bodies both human and non-human and of course, they are also ongoing.
I started crocheting with a course garden twine,
one I am sure my mother will tie the tomatoes with.
I do not have the predetermined shape
I picked up this embodied knowledge
of looping, of knotting
on a metro line in Santiago, Chile.
A stranger showed me how to weave
a knowing only made by doing
A repetitive knotting of matter
I think I once read, we only use a small percent of our brain for the analytical and intellectual stuff.
But in such an act as weaving,
I feel more parts of light light up
I am thinking through form, repetition, movement.
The outcome, undetermined.