becoming-Botanicals is a long-term antidisciplinary project aiming to investigate and re-imagine the human/plant relationship with a view towards a sustainable future. We believe that new experiences with and deeper understanding of nonhuman life garners an ecocentric and empathetic perspective crucial to living sustainably in a shifting climate.
This research-creation project is unique in its approach to working between disciplines and further expanding the notion of creative thinking and artistic vision.
A Post-Modern Liber Herbalis
Central to the first phase of becoming-Botanicals is the curation and publication of a ‘book of herbs’ which asks contributors and readers to contemplate in what ways we interact and depend on plant-life in a post-modern era and what future interactions and dependencies may be. The pamphlet will comprise of a selection of short provocative entries from practitioners of a myriad of scientific and artistic disciplines, accompanied by found, submitted and illustrated visual imagery to disrupt, contradict, or compliment the entries. It is imagined that this collection of disparate ideas can act as a catalyst for creative thinking and artistic practice in the widening field of sustainability and performance ecologies.
In addition to the curation and publication of becoming-Botanicals: a post-modern liber herbalis, Josh Armstrong is undergoing practical research into the disruption of a human dominated consciousness and the rising-up of plant-life agency. This embodied research draws on practices and theories emanating from the post-modern choreographic landscape of the USA; primarily focusing on the work of Mary Overlie and her theory and practice, The Six Viewpoints. The Six Viewpoints reminds us that we are not originators or creators, but merely participants and observers in the wider ecosystem. Josh will be joined in his research by New Orleans-based choreographer and film-maker, Meryl Murman (merylmurman.me). This work will be documented and shared in the PROCESS section of the website, as well as through an Exchange Talk at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in October 2018.