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Earthly Perspectives

For All I Care

Release Date: 02/23/2021

What can we learn from the acts of care and reciprocity we can see in plants, animals and minerals? 

In Earthly Perspectives, we try to de-centre the human, listen closely and take a different view of the natural world. 

The guests are artist Rachel Pimm, writer and academic Merlin Sheldrake, and artists Jana Winderen and Patricia Domínguez.

 

Episode Notes

In this episode, artist Rachel Pimm talks to biologist and author Merlin Sheldrake. Rachel’s work sees the world from the perspective of non-human beings or elements and is fascinated by the acts of care and reciprocity we can see in plants, animals and minerals. Merlin, author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures has been studying fungi for many years.

They discuss the acts of care and reciprocity we can see in plants, animals and minerals, if it’s possible to get into the ‘mind’ of an organism or a plant and what the living and non-living can teach us. 

 

Immerse yourself in a deep, focussed listening experience with artist Jana Winderen. Jana has been working for the last 15 years with underwater sound and those made by creatures that make sounds inaudible to humans, like bats, rats, fish, echolocation of dolphins; bringing attention to ecosystems and to issues that need focus.

Chilean artist Patricia Domínguez uses healing practices in her work, bringing to light hidden ancestral knowledges, to examine the way that humans relate to and often exploit plants, animals and minerals. Join Patricia for meditations that  explore our interconnectedness with the world we inhabit through quartz frequencies and try to connect with our perception of the invisible through the eye of a blinded toucan. 

A BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Wellcome Collection collaboration. Presented by Nwando Ebizie. Music by Nkisi. Sound by Axel Kacoutié. A Reduced Listening Production, produced by Georgia and exec produced by Alannah Chance

For the full transcript of this episode please visit baltic.art/for-all-i-care

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures is published by Vintage.

Patricia Domínguez is making a new commission with Wellcome Collection for the upcoming exhibition Rooted Beings in 2022, in partnership with Delfina Foundation. 

Visit baltic.art or wellcomecollection.org for more information on the contributors, and show notes with recommended further reading.