Ancient or Human-Made?

2020
Performance Lecture
Down To Earth
Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Invited by Avtonomi Akademia – Academy of Transformation, Ancient or Human-Made? was part of Down to Earth‘s «unplugged» program at Gropius-Bau.

Based on a dream, this performance lecture presented an extract of my communication attempts with genetically modified salmons for the ongoing project The Bonding, alongside adaptations of the poetic streams of consciousness from a wild salmon, developed for The Bone.

The audience was integrated into the performance, as they were separated into two groups: Ancient and Human-Made. Upon entering the space, each participant was given a card with a word «Ancient?» or «Human-Made?» written on it, indicating which group they should go to. The group division was marked in the space with a black rope on the floor in the shape of infinity symbol.

By requesting them to close their eyes, each group received an evolving reading, directed towards them as salmons impersonations. In this way, the own participant’s imagination was actively involved as part of the performance.

Ancient or Human-Made? refers to two ethical classifications of a species with a rich and long indigenous history in the Northern Hemisphere, whose agency and geo-identity are being currently subverted to comply with extractive methodologies.

Photographs credits: Carlo Crovato, Avtonomi Academia and Michelle-Marie Letelier

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