Claudia Andujar crossed the post-war world, from Europe to Brazil. She crossed Brazil, from São Paulo to the Amazon. And entered the forest. She crossed the language barrier, the limits of photography and art. Between salvation ...
Read the chapter assigned to your group from the book “Governing the Commons” by Elinor Ostrom with a ‘soft focus’ as if it is poetry. Underline or highlight words and phrases that seem interesting to you. When you’ve read the whole chapter, make a list of the words and short phrases that you have marked. Do this on a blank document or sheet of paper. Then, move those phrases around on the page, looking for ‘common’ meanings. Speak your new common groupings out loud, sing them,
repeat them, find a way for them to live in sound so they can be shared orally. Make a recording that is between 1 and 3 minutes.
You and a large group of people were sent by Earth to terraform a lifeless purple planet in another galaxy. You arrived on the new planet and received a newly invented ‘immortality’ treatment, which regenerate your cells and ensured that you would live, if not forever, then at least 1,000 years. The new planet bore no resemblance to Earth in either landscape or climate. You set about terraforming it. 200 years after you first arrived on the purple planet, you are requested to return to Earth on a diplomatic mission. Space travel is now faster so you reach the blue planet in under 30 years, 29 and a half of which you spend in hibernation. It is now a few days to landing and you are awake, observing Earth from your spaceship. You get closer and closer,…
The forest, the house of protection, and in it the quilombos and the villages, a community of people and plants, animals and spirits.
The Amazon, under genocidal attack, the garden of humanity’s backyard, sown in the black land of Indigenous by the human hand before the colonization of America.
Against monoculture, many cultures-natures. The forest is always made.
In a world that needs regeneration, how do you make a forest?
Hold an animal’s gaze in yours (or imagine doing so) for a little longer than normally, then close your eyes, and start to imagine being inside the other’s body. Try to picture how the animal senses you and holds you in its mind.
Afterwards show visually (in drawing, collage, photo or video) how you felt that the animal was perceiving you.