Materiality in a Time of Hyperobjects:
Embodying the Climate Crisis Through Technology in Performance
Over a few months I embarked on a practice-based research project drew from seminal ecological thinkers such as Timothy Morton, Descartes, Kristeva, and Mette Ingvartsen. I attempted to understand the ways in which our material identites are changing at this time in the world, and how we can try to experience and analyse that shifting through performance.
As part of my research I created these video installations to the right. I also "made a piece in which there was an invitation to interact with a large, shallow, area of water blocked out on the floor. I projected footage of my body onto the water, which reflected back up to the opposite wall. Creating ripples through my body, the audience became accomplices in my own personal material transformation. Everyone began to gather around the water. It became a communal ritual, reminiscent of primates sitting around a watering hole".
Other themes explored through the research were understanding the ecological as inherent to material, body as object, the anthropocentric lens through which we see all material, the dissolving boundaries between self and other, allowing for transformation in a time of cyborg materiality, and ultimately, growing closer to these massive hyperobjects to alleviate a sense of horror.
Although this title has been written, I would consider the concepts and practices developed in this piece to be ongoing and in continuous becoming.