We have been working around the notion of care, mostly through discussing the two books Matters of Care and The Care Manifesto thinking through weaving and bodily movement. We have been contemplating how to bring in our individual research and practices into our work as the Caring Cabinet. There are many common threads, areas and notions that we are delving further into as we have started working on the publication.
Some aspects of care that we are exploring now are:
- Care unfolding through bodily movement
- Practices of making and the responsibilities of material usage
- Ecological relationships between humans and the non-human world
- Peer-led art education in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The four of us, working collectively since the beginning of the Encounters residency rather than having individual projects for it, have been having long conversations around what it means to care through Zoom, Teams, Jitsi and Whatsapp. We have never physically met, but we have been finding (or trying to find ways) to care for one another in the multiple crises that we are encountering and create a caring space online for ourselves. Perhaps this has been much more interesting and relatable for us than merely talking about care from a theoretical or academic point of view. We have been practising what we’re trying to explore and investigate intellectually.
Our part as the Caring Cabinet in the publication aims to bring together these multiple contexts, interests and spheres (personal, theoretical and practical) together through various mediums and materials produced individually and collectively.
*We aim to reconstruct the encounters from different angles – compared to the points of view of an anthropological filmmaker/arts producer – we will scrutinise our eclectic materials as fly on the wall (observer) fly in the soup (participant) and fly in the eye (I) (reflexive).