Unraveling our Material Knots (2019) //IN PROCESS

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A slow process of growing to know the trees that surround us
A process of becoming material
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An ongoing collaboration with Fereshteh Toosi.


Summer 2019

We first met in June 2019, during a week-long workshop titled Blurring Boundaries that Hannah taught at Shakerag. We had a chance to experience each other’s practices and discovered that we are both trying to understand how humanity has come to perceive itself as separate from nature, to trace the effects of this ideology on the current environmental crisis, and to explore possible undoings of this distinction, through our artistic and technological practices.

Autumn 2019

We next met in November 2019 for a 1-week residency titled —Tasting the Change— in the English countryside. Here we shared thoughts on how conversation on the climate crisis has turned to the possibility that we have run out of time. Movements like Extinction Rebellion are calling for us to consider human extinction as a real possibility. In the face of this possible future, some are seeking new ways to survive while many people around the world have already been suffering displacement and health effects of material extraction for a long time. It is the residents of wealthier countries who are only now beginning to feel threatened by humans’ impact on the earth.

We’ve tried to distill our thoughts into three leading questions:
* How to make our way towards a new vantage point of human-nature-culture entanglement?
* How do render ourselves careful instead of helpless?
* How to deal with our positions of privilege in such an undertaking?

Unraveling our Material Knots is our first step in tracing our human-nature-culture division. What >means< make ourselves feel more part of the material world, and not separate from it?
We want to act upon this feeling.

other working titles:
Invisible Circuits
Common Ground
Human-Nature Interactions (HNI)

Photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157711843743071
Tasting the Change: residency >> https://artdotearth.org/hothouse-coolhouse-residency/

Spring 2020

Since returning to Berlin, I’ve continued to work through these ideas v e r y s l o w l y.

I’m still unsure exactly where this walk is headed, but I suspect it will have something to do with observing while exploring the ways in which we come to know things. In this case, to come to know the trees of Berlin along the Panke river. And how a process of meeting and getting to know something new is also a process of negotiating means and methods for the encounter. Making decisions about how to know, resulting in different kinds of knowledge.

Seasonal Sensors photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157713884362741
Tree photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157713917493263
Electricity and Humans >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157713250262728


personal games:
>> https://www.plusea.at/?p=6807

Game Residency:
>> https://www.plusea.at/?p=6887
>> https://www.plusea.at/?p=6412

Becoming Material:
>> https://www.plusea.at/?p=6599

book: the secret life of trees

tree font