Podcast The Refrain: getting in sync with the world
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The Refrain: getting in sync with the world is an investigation into the ideas that inform the work of Fight With a Stick. Through voice and sound we investigate our interconnections with the world around us and our collaboration with the other-than-human. Each episode will explore one or more approaches, including philosophies such as assemblage theory, Object Oriented Ontology, and post humanism, anthropology beyond the human, neuroscience, traditional cultures, resurgent cultures, new forestry, biology, and more.
Episode 1, Thinking with the Forest, connects the work of Montreal-based anthropologist Eduardo Kohn, and his exploration of the question ‘what is a self, and do plants and animals have one?’, to our own approach to collaborative creation with all the 'selves' around us. Our main source is Kohn's book How Forests Think. The episode also draws on the work of political theorist Jane Bennett and her book Vibrant Matter, forest manager Peter Wohlleben and his book The Hidden Life of Trees, and the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard.
Voice and text — Alex Lazaridis
Sound composition — James Maxwell
Visual artwork — Jay White
Other contributors — The world around us
For a full transcript of this episode go to talkperformance.org:
How Forests Think: Towards an anthropology beyond the human.
Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. By Jane Bennett.
The Hidden Life of Trees. By Peter Wohlleben.
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. By Suzanne Simard.
Video YouTube lecture: Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene. Eduardo Kohn.
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