plant goddesses agrilogistic climate crisis nonhuman solidarity
plant goddesses climate crisis nonhuman solidarity
One of our current in-process research/art projects.
The following was written in July 2019, prior to our residency at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland:
The only country the individuals of ee portal have shared ancestry is Ireland (they also have individual heritage from Peru, France, Huron-Wendat Nation, Ukraine and Germany). Ireland is also the second country to declare a climate emergency as a response to the unprecedented biodiversity loss and imminent environmental crisis. Neither members of ee portal have been to Ireland; therefore, they feel it is a critical site for further understanding their ancestral ties to agrilogistic history (12,000 years old agricultural/religious takeover that marked the beginning of the Neolithic period), colonization (the link between Industrial and Residential Schools) and how these histories are intrinsic to the climate crisis. In addition, ee portal will map aspects of the historical fiction written by their late mother/in-law based in County Clare, which was centered on the collision of agrilogistic and ancient goddess/Sheela na gig worldviews.
Central to their creative research are interdisciplinary approaches that describe dialogues with the land. Multidisciplinary works will integrate rubbings (frottage) on paper, sound and video to document both the performance of rubbing, and also the sensual landscape, which is continuously affected by the ever-present climate crisis. Through drawing, sound and video, ee portal will document: the collective's experiential engagement with the rare ecosystem of the Burren (UNESCO Global Geopark); the first Industrial School in Ireland; the ecological philosophy of Timothy Morton and how it relates to sites that hold symbols of ancient cosmologies that contrast the ontological takeover by agrilogistics, which Morton argues led to the current situation - the 6th Mass Extinction. ee portal will respond to Sheela na gigs: stone figures synonymous with land, sovereignty, and cycles of life, death and rebirth - rubbed for fertility and good luck - yet still hacked away at by some who consider them demonic whores & hags. Sheela’s are linked to the Paleolithic art of the Chauvet cave vulvas, as entrances guarding entrances. Additionally, ee portal will be producing research at other sites linked to the trajectory of the climate crisis: Newgrange - Europe's largest concentration of megalithic art, and at one time a granary; Cloughjordan Ecovillage (Ireland’s largest ecovillage); some of the surviving 220 sacred wells in County Clare; and the Irish Parliament.
an excerpt of our work in Ireland, 2019: