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 with the work.

I invited pollination biologist Victoria MacPhail to facilitate citizen science wild pollinator monitoring sessions at ReMediate. 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.

Conversing 2: Monitoring Place performs another possibility for a practice of BEING with place and attending to tiny pollinators and other species whose work is integral to our lives as we know them and yet is often made invisible.

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