Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #41 – Inbetweenery

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Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies and the arts in collaboration with La Intermundial Holobiente

How does an ant perceive the smell of compost? This could be one of the more-than-human stories gathered in “The Book of the Ten Thousand Things” created for documenta15 by La Intermundial Holobiente. “Inbetweenery” is the proposal by artist Claudia Fontes, philosopher Paula Fleisner, and writer Pablo M. Ruiz to translate “intermundial” into English. 

The book has been “written by other-than-human entities” and has been “collectively put together in Argentina with the help of human poets, writers, and artists with diverse cosmovisions, working together in a non-extractivist and non-representational manner.”1

“The Book of The Ten Thousand Things” is not finished. At the compost heap, a ruderal area of the Karlsaue Park in Kassel surrounded by living matter, visitors can pick among the loose pages, to read, to imagine and to participate in a multispecies world and book making.

Meeting the collective and discovering the strong connection led to the idea of collaboration. And so it happened that one of the 100 copies of the book has been entrusted to Eva and is currently dwelling in Berlin. In the evening of August 10, we will gather to collectively read in the “The Book of The Ten Thousand Things” co-creating relations and practising intertwinement. 
For the rest of the month of August, anyone is invited to leaf through this example, to share companionship with its characters, and to contribute to it. This can happen individually anytime during opening hours of Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur. 

Between Us and Nature is an ongoing reading club that chooses texts related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism and the (post)anthropocene from a female perspective. Attendees read passages together out loud, and share experiences and thoughts about the nature they live in. Looking beyond disciplines, the group creates a space to learn from and with bacteria, algae, fungi, soil and multinaturalist narratives.

“The Book of The Ten Thousand Things” is a publication written and edited in a polyphonic way among fourteen artists and writers from Argentina: Erica Bohm, Virginia Buitrón, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Tulio de Sagastizábal, Lucas Di Pascuale, Carla Grunauer, Reynaldo Jiménez, Guadalupe Lucero, Anahí Rayén Mariluán, Leticia Obeid, Sergio Raimondi, Luis Sagasti, Ral Veroni, Susana Villalba, and the “intermundiales” themselves. The Book of the Ten Thousand Things, Quilmes, Buenos Aires, 2022

NOTE the TIME: We start at 18:30 CEST. We have 2 hours of reading together.

Come and join us with an open mind here:
What: Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club is in English language
Who:​ small group of lovely, people who would like reading collectively (personal rsvp is necessary: please register by answering to this email.
Why:​ to read together, be inspired and meet people

Covid: Despite the relaxed rules, we will keep the number of participants limited, and kindly ask everyone to do a test beforehand. We would like to make everyone feel as safe as possible and are trusting each of one’s responsibility. If you have symptoms of a cold, please refrain from attending, thank you!