Nicolas Y Galeazzi Making Kin
6 May-28 July 2019 / Zenne Garden et al.
the adoption project
The primary soil of questions for our investigations in the a.pass block 2019/II is to experience us as an ecosystem in ecosystems. We take this fertile ground as an incentive to generate ideas for a ‘we’ that relates differently to the planes, stays differently in trouble with the damages we induce, and rather becomes-with then cares-for the life on it. Donna Haraway proposes for the generate this other “we” by makeing kin with multiple things, species and other ‚companions‘. In her book „Staying With The Trouble. Making Kin in the Chthulucene“, an essential (tentacular) body of references for this block, she offers a meshwork of indicators what ‘making kin’ could mean.
“Think we must. We must think”
(Stengers, Despret, refering to Harraway).
To put it into practice is at stake. My intuitive response to this is a practice that I started developing some years before I read her text: mutual adoption of specific aspects of each other’s research seems to be a good motor to train the response-ability Donna Haraway claims as one of the needs for making kin. To ‚adopt‘ objects, practices, behaviours or ways of thinking etc. of someone else’s research means taking care of it as it would be your own! In an ecosystem, all aspects are at the same time ‚other’ – and part of one and the ‚same‘ space of resonance. The complex relational web of this ‘same-other’, can be explored by mutual and temporal adoption of aspects of each other’ research and make it part of kin.
I propose a joint exercise, whereby every one of us
1.) prepares to put aspects up for adoption, then
2.) to leave them as ejects of our research aside, to
3.) be found by others and
4.) to adopt ourselves ejected aspect from someone else into our own practice.
– On a regular base, we will need to swap and continue the cycle.
Btw. did you know that works are acting in swarms, and take common decisions by communicating through touch?
During the opening week, we will develop our adopt-ability and will exchange our ‘baskets’ and get ready for the impact an adopted aspect on our researches.
The first cycle of adoption starts in the opening week, will continues with a swap in the HWD’s and will end by handing it back in the end week.