In this writing workshop we’ll do reading and writing exercises using (excerpts of) texts from Carlo Ginzburg and Silvia Federici on witchcraft, rural life, micro-history, art, and Plant Horror essays on how the vegetal overtakes the human in every un/thinkable scenario. We’ll use their texts to look at interspecies bodies or not-necessarily-human bodies, plant-bodies, vegetal bodies - who greatly outnumber the human/esque - allowing y/ourselves to become reciprocally and ritually eaten by the vegetal. Our textbook/s are y/our dictionaries of choice! From etymological pathfinding to il/logistical laughter.
Carlo Ginzburg paraphrases Italian micro historian Giovanni Levi: “The purchase of a seemingly simple loaf of bread, in fact, connects us to the entirety of the world’s grain markets.” What did the loaf experience before it entered into y/our mouths? Eating the loaf we may experience an act of transmutation: where the bread-body becomes human-flesh body, the granular loaf turns cellular flesh, or more radically: the life of the loaf joins the life of the eater.
ecopoetics: oikos, house + poiein, create
PS: the form of address here used: “y/our”, means to indicate potential interspecies collective bodies, populations as bodies, and any body of choice, of which some bodies perhaps appear to not speak, that doesn’t necessarily imply consent to y/our bodyidentity.
October 28; November 11, 25; December 9; January 13, February 13, 17; March 10, 17:00-18:30, Fedlev Auditorium
CHARLOTTE ROOIJACKERS writes on pharmakopoetics: intoxication, healing, states of un/consciousness, poisoned positionings, invocations, essayistic elixirs. From the perspective of the pharmakon any material or substance can be poisonous or healing depending on their dosage. S/he identifies as mixed, halfblooded, indo, limbo, postcolonial Dutch, Indo-European, non-binary, feminist, humanesque, non-humanly populated, bodies, macrobiotic, microbiomic, practising vegetation – out of order to become more alive-and-dead and less product.