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These Relations Are Forever

A project being developed in the framework of Resonances IV on NaturArchy.     

Weaving a speculative story of ritual and healing, where scientific and policy outcomes are intertwined with artistic processes through the thematic thread of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). 

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Video still, These Relations Are Forever, Jemma Woolmore, 2024.

Project description

This project brings together the knowledge of four researchers, whose work sits at different stations along a flow of chemicals; from agriculture via law and policy through bodies and into water. Collaboratively we will create four rituals that acknowledge our entanglement with chemicals, celebrate the healing and restorative capacities of bodies and ecosystems and give space to and thanks for these processes.

The four researchers are presented as Wise Women, holders of knowledge and protectors of life; their scientific practices are reframed as relations of care and ritual becomes a vehicle to make connections across bodies, scales, cycles and scientific disciplines. This work will address fertility, community and (more-than-human) health, telling stories that explore the power of positive  imaginaries, offering a way of ‘staying with our troubles’ whilst envisioning alternative ways of being in the world. Through ritual and storytelling we bring into being new possibilities. 

Jemma Woolmore is a media artist, originally from New Zealand and based in Berlin. Caterina Cacciatori is an environmental engineer working on water management. Sandra Coecke is a toxicologist working on Food Safety and One Health. Irene Guerrero Fernandez is a geoinformatician and agricuiltural ecologist and Saskia Vermeylen is legal anthropologist working at Strathclyde University. The researchers first met Jemma at the SciArt Summer School on NaturArchy which took place in June 2022 at the JRC, and Jemma then connected the group. 


What drives this project?

The main idea that I had by coming into this project and performing a ritual was to slow down science and the way we do science. So it was really about stopping and reflecting on when we produce data as scientists. where are we getting this data from? Should we be grateful for the data that we collect and for the entity from which we collect data? So in my case, it's waters. The ritual is bringing up this idea of slowing down and stopping and using other senses to perceive the environment while we do science. 

I think it's super important for science that we don't just see science as a pure production of information, but that these information are linked to our society and to our also relations with nature.

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Caterina Cacciatori, Researcher