Dancing with trees can be a form of multi-species social learning that could help us understand each other. It may help to imagine a way out of the Anthropocene into non-apocalyptic narratives.
This video poem is a translation of embodiment into a visual format and unlike the living relational motion of the original exploration it is digitally fixed and repeatable. Marshall McLuhan would call it a “different geography” and one in which “the body in extension now that technology stands revealed as the out-ering of our wits or senses and therefore our selves” (McCluhan and Moos, 1997, p. 3)
Date of Filming: April 1, 2023
Location: High Park, Toronto, Ontario
Danced by Suzanne Barnes, Suzanne B. Siskind, Juliet Palmer, Bañuta Rubess, Margo Zalite and the trees of High Park, Toronto.
Voice over by Julia Aplin
McLuhan, M. (1997). Media Research: Technology, Art and Communication (M. Moos, Ed.) (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315078601