My action started from walking around the backyard observing, taking deep breathes and feeling grateful about just being there.
Fruit tree (from cradle to cradle)
“The trees copious make blossoms and fruits without depleting its environment, once they fall on the ground, they decompose and the nutrients nourish insects, plants, animals and the soil. Although the tree makes more of its “product”than it needs for its own success in a ecosystem, this abundance has evolve to serve rich and varied purposes”
Soon, I had company! I decided to embrace the cause and let’s just enjoy the afternoon, play and make some stuff.
What should we do with these dried leaves? A costume!
So we made a “Omolu” costume for my son, Omolu is a orixá (the entities form action 1, from yoruba culture) And Omolu is a special one, he is the orixá that stands for “The cure” very convenient for our Pandemic moment.
I believe teaching little kids myths and other religion’s entities is a way of introducing non christians references for them despite their own faith or relegion.
Starting from education – decolonial practice
After that we start playing with the sieve and It stand out for me our necessity to “clean” our soil, and through classification, we select what we consider good or not, even to play with. So I thought about the concept of “Clean / Dirty”and how we recognise soil as something that make us dirty, or nasty (colonial perception) that’s a colonial aesthetic to disconnect us from nature and our ground, so sacred for most of native cultures.
We played around with the soil, clay and made ourselves very dirty.
Feelings: uncomfortable! heart beat increases, not relaxed, let’s clean this asap.
This attempt to experiment “scaling up and out” didn’t work well, they all sank..
And for the last, let’s make a game!
I came up with a “Colonial and a Decolonial Pinball”
The colonial pinball, the fruit by itself…has to go through a linear, cartesian trajectory. Overcoming obstacles, to achieve a final reward arriving to a christian concept of paradise. The other fruits are stuck somewhere on the process or in the end, very happy for arriving but not understanding why they are even there.
On the other hand, the decolonial pinball is a round shape stage where all the fruits co-live together, helping each other going through obstacles, no competition or a place to achieve. As a game it could be an instrument or something to spend some time contemplating.
INSIGHTS: “Aesthesis produces and regulates sensations and is therefore linked with the body as an imperfect instrument of perception that mediates our cognition: (Tlostanova, 2017, p.58)
Since the colonially established a aestheis, can we trust our senses and feelings? Feeling uncomfortable shows a pre-concept or a projection of something?
Changing the media, materials and places we open up a range of opportunities to experiement and change your standpoint in some ways.
How to add JOY to your practice?
How do a non-linear stage, as a circle, influence your actions and behaviors?