Non-Human Narratives

2021

fabric, metal, speakers, electronics

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.” D. Haraway

 

The Non-Human-Narratives is an opening in a form of an audiovisual installation, which prompts to listen with the human and non-human voices in juxtaposition, entanglement and overlays of sounds of different species in order to prove that all the earthlings have much more in common than we humans have courage to acknowledge. 

It suggests, that the non-human language is present also within our bodily capacities as well and its sonority brings us closer to our more-than-human fellows, allowing us not only to connect with them but also apprehend the status of non lexical forms of communication also those which lack volume and presence due to anatomical size limits (e.g. a bee, an ant, a beetle). 

Finally, this installation is a proposal of a new interspecies form of contact, which could build a new inclusive bridge between us and grant the non-human narratives a much deserved place in the story-telling of the planet.

Non-Human Narratives was curated by Raquel Castro. It was comissioned by                           Project and November Music Festival, Den Bosch, Netherlands where it was first shown.

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