As a New Zealand European born in the sixties I have grown up in a society who belived itself to be cradled between infinate resourse and the no-place ‘away’. How do i now live, waking up to a biosphere in whom no material thing can be added or taken away, where everything that is something was something, and will continue to be some thing?
Over the next twelve weeks Rm Archive will host RmConversation Pit, a series of habitable installations and amicable talking events. To introduce the conversations: Installation#0.5 Thinking Space/ Mind Picnic. A thinking and reading space and the opportunity book in for a conversation.
Sharing in an intimate world: Rethinking human vs nature
sharing in an intimate world acknowledges the impossibility of maintaining an anthropocentric worldview in an era of eco-crisis and invites us to tease out ways to orient ourselves within a biosphere in which we are continuous with the network of entities we previously called nature.
Water, soil, rock, a tree, a chicken, a cat, some wheat, some excrement, a plastic bottle, a river. Our relationships with these things may be articulated as resources and waste that we need to manage but also as entities with whom our lives are intertwined. Both statements extort us to act responsibly toward these things, however the dynamic at stake in each is significantly different.
Between elsewhere and away: reimagining the suburban/urban home
Urban dwelling emerged from a culture in which we imagined our human selves as cradled between infinite earthly resource and a mythical ‘away’. Home became normalised as a house and garden, a two-part structure demarking an inside for human dwelling and an outside for all other entities.