Holding the Earth
performance 2018, with Ruta Putramentaite
Searching for a common ground lead us to the theme of our relationship to our environment: the relationship between us as foreigners in this land, and the relationship between our civilization and the environment where our civilization thrives nature.
How we define nature is a matter of agreement. Besides the strongly grounded romantic objectification of nature as pure state of ecologic coexistence, there are newer positions that suggest redefining our relationship to this <object>. Timothy Morton says that it would be more productive to get rid of term NATURE all together, if we want to start solving the ecological crisis that we find ourselves in.
With these thoughts in mind, we came up with the idea to do a performance where we would use the soil as a basic material of Life, and also as a sentimental symbol of national identity.
We gave out handfuls of soil as gifts to people during the opening of exhibition. Holding the piece of soil in their hands, they decide, what they want to do with it.