The HIVE residency
January 6 – February 7, 2020
took place at the International Artist Residency at FARM Studio in Andore, Rajasthan, India. Curated by Shannon Cooney, with invited members:
Jared Gradinger, Claudia Hill, Samuel Draper, Roberto Martinez, Marina Hulzenga, Clara Birnbaum Pantzerhielm, Shelley Etkin, Monique Romeiko, Navtej Johar, and Simrat Dugal.
Borrowing from Nature a Bee Hive model, wherein an organism with others of likeness live together in a chosen place to thrive. Within the hive there is specialization as each individual has a distinct task/specified role. Respecting that all tasks are valued equally: meaning the hive would not exist without these roles being carried out, they act as a whole or a system or a superorganism.
Within this Hive model we spent collectively 5 weeks together with the invitation for Open Source Exchange: to intersect exchanges and interchange our research, resources and practices. The invitees’ work, or practice engages in some or all of the following; expanded consciousness, dance, performance, visual art, bodywork and/or hand’s-on modalities, sense-driven (somatic) practices, and/or work with Nature and Nature-oriented Land-based work. The concept of the Hive is to give the opportunity of Time to expand one’s resources, share in discoveries and generate vibrancy in one’s own work/research/practices and those of each other. The invitees were selected based on their engagement in parallel practices with the understanding that they are often in a production-based milieu where one might normally find they are lacking in Time for true conversations, and artistic inquisitive exchange. The Hive offers an environment of true exchange through a non-time-pressured and non-production atmosphere.
Residency Choco, Colombia 2019
I asked Jonathan about glowing mushrooms Because I heard they might be around in the jungle. He said he’d seen them before but it had been awhile since his last encounter. After sunset one evening he invited me for a walk. We got our headlamps and put on our boots and walked towards the edge of their property where the rainforest meets the river meets the ocean meets the sky. We approached the area and turned our lights off and it was pitch black. We turned them on again to see where we were. Then back off and suddenly a small green glow appeared on the ground below us. We turned our lights back on and ‘nothing’ was there. We turned our lights back off and slowly a green glow began to reveal itself to us... Along the forest floor, off to the side of us and in the distance. We turned our lights back on and still we saw no mushrooms but decay. The decay was glowing. The ‘dead’ leaves, the broken branches, the fallen trees. Even the tall tree standing before us was glowing all the way up it’s trunk. It was the myscillial network connecting everything Suddenly the glowing green was everywhere, speaking to us, teasing us, joking with us, showing itself to us. Jonathan spoke of the spider with one glowing eye that hangs out on the ground and behold.. there it was. The fireflies lit up the air around us and we started laughing and couldn’t stop. He then invited me for a swim in the low tide of the Pacific Ocean. The Milky Way swimming above us. The lightning storms in the distance all along the horizon. We went into the ocean, already dizzy with joy, and our bodies began to glow. All around us, with every movement the microscopic animals swam with us lighting us up and mirroring our forms. Light shining and glowing around us, underneath us, above us and seemingly out of us from our joy and wonder. Afterwards I couldn’t stop laughing for two or three hours. That is one example of the many encounters we had during our residency in Más Artes Mas Acción in Choco, Colombia. Human beings, rock beings, bird beings, plant beings, insect beings and animal beings.. beings from the past, present and future. Everywhere we looked was knowledge and wisdom to be gleaned and embodied. I’m grateful for my time there and looking forward to developing this relationship.
Residency Malakta, Finland 2019
The right to be cold
The focus of the transdisciplinary cross-border project “The Right To Be Cold” lies on the so-called Arctic and Boreal region; implying issues concerning indigenous knowledges, ecology, climate justice, and culture is central to the initiative and its main format is a residency chain in the circumpolar north. Overarching theme in all of this is the climate change, which is fundamentally challenging and changing the northern living conditions.