Practice 91. (Inter-Being)

 With the imminence of a mass sixth extinction, systemic racial inequity and this current second pandemic wave, how do we unlearn the idea of Nature and the Other(s) as distant and different from us?

This project is a 6-chapter proposition for one-on-one plant-to human interactions exploring an embodied understanding of interdependence*. Proposing this work as a multiplicity morphing with the passing of time each chapter invites humans to relate to black beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) through weekly  prompts that can be accessed digitally through this platform to be performed at domestic and exhibition spaces.

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Inter-Action1.

 

Take a handful of black beans

and soak them in water for a minute with tender hands.

Put them to rest on a mattress of moist paper towel,

cover them gently with a blanket of tin foil and

water them daily for a week.

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We don’t are, we inter-are! 

Interdependence=Inter-being 

 

*Inter-being was a word invented by Thich Nah Hahn . “ If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist”

 

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**Black beans originated and were domesticated in Latin America with two genetically distinguishable geographical origins (Mesoamerica and the Andes) derived from a common 100,000-year-old ancestor. In Mexico and South America black beans were independently domesticated approximately 8000 years ago.

Human's Inter-Actions with Black Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) Chapter 1.