Conversing 2 : Monitoring Place

Participatory performative inquiry
Guelph 2018

This work is part of my ongoing engagement with ReMediate - a relational work I am making on a decomissioned landfill - and the plants, insects and ecologies that are in conversation.

I invited pollination biologist Victoria MacPhail to facilitate citizen science wild pollinator monitoring sessions at ReMediate as one way of attending to the pollinators, insects and plants that are part of the work’s ecology. We ran sessions with first years students from the University of Guelph as well as open sessions hosted by the City of Guelph. We sat by plants for 10 minutes at a time, documenting and identifying visits from pollinators, as well as catching, identifying (and releasing) a variety of insect species.

I’m interested in how we relate, understand and converse with tiny pollinators that most of us don’t even know exist. Conversing 2: Monitoring Place performs another possibility for a somatic practice of BEING with place and those we share it with.

The creation of this work was supported by the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph First Year Interdisciplinary Seminar Program.