SITTING IN A FLOWERBED 4695 MILES AWAY:Paper delivered at Dartington's 'Sentient Performativities' Conference.

Filipska, Gudrun (2022) SITTING IN A FLOWERBED 4695 MILES AWAY:Paper delivered at Dartington's 'Sentient Performativities' Conference. In: Sentient Performativities:, 2022-06-262022-06-29, Dartington University.

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'Three-Point-Transmissions' is a collaborative work between myself and Carly Butler funded by Canada Council for the Arts. The project operates as a conversation between three locations and their inhabitants; Sainte- Croix-de-Marreiulle, France, Framlingham Uk, and Ucluelet Canada. The work involves a number of live-streams, trail-cam footage, zoom communique and video. We seek to use video to deepen the virtual experience of the locations. In contrast to ‘lockdown’ strategies employed as a replacement for real interaction, we have always seen our project as a way to attempt meaningful engagement with place within a virtual space. In conjunction with our work on the Arts Territory Exchange, we were developing a Virtual-Residency program pre-Covid ( that identified the far reaching post- colonial implications of privileged western travel, and also sought to address issues around climate change/ sustainability, calling for a re-evaluation of the idea of the 'artist as traveller' with roots in the colonial and ethnographic gleanings of the explorer. We are working to expand the possibilities of proxy-experience whilst also providing new insights into our own backyards; the trajectories and mobilities already inherent in the plants and animals they contain. Looking to the proximal and how to re think relationships with what is right in front of us - Puig de la Bellacasa calls for 'an ethico-political commitment to neglected things, and the effective remaking of relationships with-our objects'( 2017) towards generating affective relationalities of care. This also feeds into how we develop ethical relationships with distant places.

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