Ecopoetics! Spirits and their human horses
CPR (Charlotte Rooijackers)
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.