As a witch, I am devoted to nature and the Earth Mother as The Goddess and Great Provider. As a human being, I realize that all life is valuable and precious. We must take care of our planet and all our relatives on it. We are all connected. Be the change! Learn more, visit "Go Green Goddess: How To Start Helping Your Earth Mother Today"
What does it take for two artists|humans to continuously sense and attune to the spin of their Planet? What creative, spiritual, philosophical and material consequences might result from living this awareness?
As artists living the Anthropocene, we are increasingly curious about what happens when we attempt to hold the thought of, pay close attention to, and track Earth-magnitude change as it plays out on local, daily-life scales. To explore that question, we are reshaping everyday actions and developing and honing new capacities of perception and attention at scales that are beyond our usual habits of mind.
East is a Circle is an experimental practice exploring what it takes for humans to rescale our daily live practices and ways of knowing to the current and evolving parameters of life on Earth. As conventional languages of “sunset,” “sunrise” and “east” begin to change meaning for us as a result of our performative research, we will change the stories we tell of them. As we multiply our perspectives on Earth in creative response to its ceaseless changes in direction, we will cultivate ways of "knowing" and "seeing" ourselves in relation to the planet that are, likewise, in-motion. Making such shifts in scale, language/concepts/meanings, and perspectives is one way that aesthetic practice might address, and live, the Anthropocene.
About smudge studio is a collaboration between Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse
Since 2005, smudge studio has pursued what we take to be our most urgent and meaningful task as artists and humans: to invent and enact practices capable of acknowledging and living in responsive relationship to forces of change that make the world. Through our current projects and performative research, we design and cultivate embodied practices that support humans in paying nuanced attention to the fast and intense material realities that are now emerging on a planetary scale — without leaving us reeling in states of distraction or despair.