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institute of fashion design
FHNW Academy of art and design in basel
Olivia Bertschinger

Olivia Bertschinger

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To all other symbionts:

“receiving“, touching, sniffing, feeling, caring, slipping, “dropping“, missing, stumbling, tumbling, re-touching, feeling, stroking, responding, cuddling, weaving, blending, becoming, “giving“ (1)

My work is fiction. A story, a research, a manifesto and a counter-proposal. Against speciesism, the systematic discrimination of non-human animals and against the hierarchical special position, that we, the human animals maintain to secure in autopoiesis, our self-making, reproduction and self-preservation.

How can we change the way we think and behave towards non-human animals and Earth Gaia? How do we achieve to perceive non-human animals as equal critters and counterparts and act on this understanding? How can we imagine the sym-place, where sympoiesis, an inter-secting collective making-with of creatures and systems, as described by Donna J. Haraway and M. Beth Dempster, allows a different level of exchange and encounters? And how does such an organism become?

My research process resembles a form of observing, questioning and searching. A visual, phonetic, auditive, bodily perceptive, performative and subtle approach towards different forms of making-with and inter-mutual becoming. Emerging from symbiosis, symbiogenesis and participation. In the form of chimeras, the symbionts, the inhabitants of fiction.

Fiction becomes a state of processual, collective making-with and making-being, of cross-being symlogues, with the intention of weaving inter-creature exchanges and sym-oriented connections.

“receiving“, touching, sniffing, feeling, caring, slipping,“ dropping“, missing, stumbling, tumbling, re-touching, feeling, stroking, responding, cuddling, weaving, blending, becoming, “giving“…

credits:
sound/audio-engineering: Etienne Dobler

(1)All terms marked here in the text as a quotation, in the following repeated word-withs are due to: Haraway, Donna J.: Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Duke, 2016, p. 9

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