All Directions At Once
All Directions At Once (2018)
Net art / Installation.
This GIF essay, part of a larger body of work titled “A Topography of Excesses,” engages with practices of herbal birth control and transmissions of indigenous and folk knowledges as acts of radical, decolonizing care. It starts by invoking ayoowiri, a plant that grows abundantly in the tropical areas of the Americas; during European occupation of the continent, an infusion of this plant was often used as a contraceptive (and, in stronger doses, as an abortifacient) by enslaved Indigenous and African peoples as a strategy of resistance. Through the stories of ayoowiri and other contraceptive and abortifacient plants, the essay nurtures the idea of radical decolonizing care and unravels the poetic dimensions of excess as a fragmented, fast-paced pluri-verse, meshing together perceived pasts, presents, and futures; a disjointed collective, moving to all directions at once.
Created for Schloss Solitude and ZKM as part of their web residency program. More information in the project and its background can be found in this interview, published on their website.
Installation photo 1 by Tomáš Souček; photos 2 and 3 by Raisa Galofre.
The project can be accessed here: http://alldirectionsatonce.schloss-post.com