The secret language that we all speak
In March 2022 I became a member of a multispecies art collective, het Meersoortig Collectief. Together with Gijsje, Miemel and Wiske Heemskerk, and Doris Meijer, I worked at the Pompgemaal in Den Helder. Gijsje made moss paint and soil paint, which she used to paint large non-anthropocentric maps of the surroundings, the dogs made land art in the dunes, I made human-sized nests and drawings, and took photographs of animal paths, and we searched for animal art in the surroundings. We also made visual and sound alphabets. More information about the collective can be found on the weblog that Gijsje made. In short, in the Multispecies Collective humans respectfully investigate what art is together with nonhuman animals and plants, in recognition of our ontological and political entanglements and the need for new ways of co-existing and co-creating in our time.
Gijsje made a font on the basis of the found alphabet:
Wiske en de roodborst
Gaten naar de bovenwereld, gaten naar de lucht
Nieuwe vrienden, nieuwe gewoontes
The residency at the Pompgemaal was made possible by the Mondriaanfonds.