ACT III of WHILE WE SINK (The Word is on Flowers)
2022 – Poem and Experimental Reading
In Collaboration with Bianca Jannuzzi and Maria Baeza Ramirez
Presented as LED Text-Installation at the Caném Gallery.
Part of the experimental Book/Audio Exhibition OUT THERE organized by HIER & JETZT: Connections.
The poem is the third Act of the multimedia installation WHILE WE SINK (the word is on flowers) that starts with five black and white drawings that translate images of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also called plastic continent. The marine debris is an accumulation of garbage in the Pacific Ocean that has reached a size similar to Texas, and that researchers and activists who observe it, describe with names such as “The Soup”.
The work is mainly inspired by a series of conferences presented at the beginning of the pandemic by the Riga Biennale, in which ideas and positions on the concept of the future were presented in different thematic focuses by thinkers such as Boaventura de Sousa Santos, CAConrad, Federico Campagna, Jack Halberstam and Astrida Neimanis. My proposed cartography, or rather my vision of a possible mapping of these mobile islands, the harmful remains of our daily actions, is developed through different elements and materials, trying to approach a more optimistic vision.
The installation is composed by different media integrated into the narrative of a journey, translating the dynamic map into a visual and semantic form. Textiles, poetry and ceramics describe a darkly threatening present and the utopian possibility of reacting positively by keeping flower seeds in time capsules to celebrate our disappearance.
Learning to be carried by nature Learning to follow whatever path Learning to dive Learning to swim Learning to float Sinking sinking to the bottom Learning to find new orientation Learning to read new compasses Sinking sinking Sinking floating Learning to offer a space to new forms of life Learning to trick the perception of other beings Learning to let yourself get carried somewhere Again and again and again Sinking Floating Floating Sinking Learning to become almost invisible Learning to come back and be part again of your life Again and again and again Learning to be offered from mouth to mouth From her to her From you to your beloved people From he to her From them to all the others Learning to adapt to your body Learning to connect to similar forms Learning to create a new space together Sinking sinking and floating and floating longer We don’t all flow or drown equally We are not all gestating the same future Because while sinking to the floor we find again And again And again All your dumped needs Desires? Going further: Learning how deep is the deepest point Learning to hide Learning to come back everywhere Learning to come back every moment Learning how to kill life The one that gave us colors Or simply brought us home for whatever reasons Learning everything now Because all what you have is now.