Select a plant. (Not a kind of plant, but a specific plant – indoor or outdoor.)
Part I: Listen to the plant.
Part II: Talk/sing/sound to the plant.
Part III: Listen/sound with the plant.
Part IV: Listen/sound as the plant.
– Listening, here, is receptive attention: you can listen with your ears, eyes, skin, or imagination.
– Move from each part of the score to the next at whatever pace feels natural. However, the full performance of the score (including parts I through IV) should last a total of at least 20 minutes.
– Perform at least once, and as many times as you like, throughout the week.
I am beginning an art/research project in which I want to explore the boundaries between human and non-human worlds and the possibilities of cross-species communication (through sound, listening, and performance). How rigid are these boundaries, and how elastic can they become? Can I open myself up to the experiences of, and cultivate relationships with, the non-human life around me? Could such a practice lead to ethical/empathetic coexistence?
Variation I (optional)
– Replace “plant” with “animal.”
Variation II (optional)
-Replace “animal” with “insect.”
Week 1 score by Stephanie Loveless