Congress - the other within: How do we dialogue and collaborate with plants, rivers, bacteria, …. ?
A shift from the politics of the human to the politics of the earth will disrupt the fantasy of human exceptionalism. What is the impact of the growing awareness of our intimate entanglement with the planet we inhabit? How do we dialogue, witness and collaborate (as allies) with animals, plants, eco-systems, bacteria, rivers, (...). that are also part of us?
Some of us go on deep immersive walks, others carry out rituals for distressed beings or establish institutes for the ocean, while still some others set up legal entities for the recognition of rivers.
We summon these practices in a Congress where we experiment with establishing different relationships with the earth as a being. We invite bacteria, spiritualists, plants, scientists, wind, artists, activists (...). During the day, small groups work on specific topics, followed by an interaction with a public.
‘other within’- a collective invited by State of the Arts-platform – Maria Lucia Cruz Correia, Kobe Matthijs, Christina Stadlbauer, Marialena Marouda, Gosie Vervloessem