How do we relate to other living beings around us, determine what is living, and decide who is part of our own kin(d)? The division between the animate and inanimate is a construct that, like any other fence, calls to be jumped over, repeatedly. In biology, movement is defined as one of the seven characteristics of living things: if it does not move, it is most likely dead. It is also through movement that we perceive our environment and probe our relationship with forms of others. Embodied knowledge evidences the interconnected system and offers a closer, perhaps more personal, understanding of our ecology. Integrating movement into our otherness, we form an expansive and inclusive form of I.
[Con]tacto: with touch
I want to touch difference, experience points of contact across distance, translate unperceived vibration from one other to another. In my practice, I make contact with plants, which are often perceived as “less alive” because they are apparently immobile. I lend my mobility to plants so they can walk down the streets, claiming visibility and respect. I borrow their apparent stillness to learn about different scales and speed of movement.
If suddenly granted mobility, where would you take your first step?