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Introduction

1qm is a temporary end, a knot if you will, of a thread I followed for quite a while now.

It roughly started with Insectopedia and went via The Mushroom at the End of the World to Eat your Sidewalk, with many good reads, discussions and exchanges in between. This particular thread is about entanglement, the multispecies discourse and reconfiguring humanness. To celebrate this particular knot in this thread I'd like to publish a set of low-cost and easy practices to engage in entangling multispecies worlds.

Multispecies Entanglement

Deanthropocentric movements are an important part of contemporary discourses. I understand them as ongoing reflections on what it means to be us (as in human) with a focus on the fact, that we fucked up a lot.

The concept of human that we upheld so long, doesn't fit reality any longer. Next to philosophical inquiries into the nature of humanness, there are also biological criteria that influence a change in view. Like the fact, that the human body's cellcount is aproximately 50% made of bacteriasa

multispecies entanglement is about complicit, acknowleding that one is part of the problem the world and that the problems are already part of oneself

  • bitz über multispecies und entanglement
  • was zu eat your sidewalk und der wichtigkeit von practices
  • was zu 1qm

1qm

1qm is one square meter. The name references an anecdote: Somebody once told me, that they sometimes spend an afternoon with the kids in the garden. Everybody get's one square meter assigned and the task is to find and get to know all the things that are within. I find that very beautiful. This little practice has all this things I'd like to propagate: Curiousness, attention, simplicity, learning by doing,

There are a few attitudes which inform 1qm:

Practice Recipes

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  • Jeder Teilnehmerin beobachtet während 30 - 60 min ein 1qm grosses Stück Boden
  • Beobachtungen sowie entstehende Fragen und erinnerte Geschichten werden aufgenommen
  • Anschliessendes gemeinschaftliches bearbeiten der Notizen bei

alternativ

  • Einen Ort 30 Tage lang täglich für 15min zur gleichen Uhrzeit besuchen

Wo:

  • Orte an welchen Kategorisierung (Natur/Kultur/Technik/Infrastruktur) auf Anhieb schwer fällt, an welchen das menschliche und nicht-menschliche sich verstricken

landscape

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of course there needs to be fermentation!

wild fermentation taking up the environment

  • make sour dough starters, sourkraut, kimchi, kvass etc outside at different places
  • tending to cultures within entangled cultures

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  • diy shrines
  • not register to a religion
  • material anchor points
  • let them be open for everyone, human and nonhuman, see how the nonhuman makes use of it

Eat your Sidewalk Codebook Manifesto

The following is taken from the Codebook.

A. GETTING ENTANGLED

  • Walk your sidewalk everyday. Cross boundaries. Sense differently. Meet & dialog
  • Identify & track: plants, animals, interactions, & patterns
  • Begin within your body. Join with plants, animals, insects, fungi. & bacteria, via foraging, hunting & eating
  • Re-distribute. Pickle, ferment, dry, smoke & can. Use processes, forces & capacities of abundance
  • Work via consensus, & generosity

THE THREE REFUSALS

  • Actively refuse pre-existing boundaries (begin w/ self)
  • Refuse envisioning things as resources
  • Avoid the ideological mindset of scarcity. Organize via plentitude (those pesky weeds)

B. ASSEMBLING

  • Eating a Dandelion will help flourising. Let discoveries & curiosity lead
  • Follow what you eat into new engagements
  • Become dependent. (Make a fermented cider using your saliva & local fruit, for example)
  • Give those who assemble a voice (bats, bees, bacteria...)
  • What new processes, qualities & capacities emerge via these joinings? Try water + flour + your house = yeast (bread) = gift
  • Make new tools (to dig, to cook, to share, to transplant, to co-produce with insects...)
  • Use tools to activate & stabilize new qualities/possibilities

C. MAKING A PIRATE PROJECT

  • Develop a Pirate (Pilot) Project. Start with your sidewalk
  • Clear heavy metals with lambsquarter? Remove parking lots with knotweed? A monthly block dinner?
  • Follow & change as the project changes & changes you
  • Test & be generous. Take delöight in other's projects
  • Get multi-species feedback
  • If it does not work? Celebrate & re-entangle
  • Work directly with the others who are already working (with you)
  • Develop a new language

D. THE EMERGENCE OF A COMMON(ING)

  • Take into account what is emerging across these sidewalk network meetings
  • Co-evolve intra-activity across meetings
  • Work for & from these emergent relations
  • Test & reinforce ways to hold these in common
  • Sense the agency of your messy evolving sidewalk system, give it voice
  • Celebrate often
  • Don't short circuit what's emerging by defaulting to having

E. DYNAMIC EVALUATING

  • Commons emerging = unfamiliar evolving boundaries
  • Commoning: working within an emergent set of tolerances & evolving as a relational system
  • Become (intra)dependent upon what emerges. Eating urban Geese could begin this
  • Sense and respekt the dynamics of the common's abilities (boundaries)
  • Develop the common's ability to shift through multiple states
  • Collaboration & reciprocity = (emergent) agents evolve ways to live of a set of relations
  • Multiply & celebrate different possibilities
  • Respect, & test the limits of your commoning processes
  • Develop a system of reciprocity (relationality) = the agents of the collective are accountable
  • Transform governance to recognize your commoning
  • Co-evolve with other emerging commons
  • Keep eating your transforming sidewalk!

Taken from the Eat your Sidewalk Codebook by SPURSE CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

References

[1]: "Referring both to her own practice for observing scientists and also to the practices of ethologist Thelma Rowell observing her Soay sheep, Despret affirmed “a particular epistemological position to which I am committed, one that I call a virtue: the virtue of politeness.” 1 In every sense, Despret’s cultivation of politeness is a curious practice. She trains her whole being, not just her imagination, in Arendt’s words, “to go visiting.” Visiting is not an easy practice; it demands the ability to find others actively interesting, even or especially others most people already claim to know all too completely, to ask questions that one’s interlocutors truly find interesting, to cultivate the wild virtue of curiosity, to retune one’s ability to sense and respond— and to do all this politely! What is this sort of politeness? It sounds more than a little risky. Curiosity always leads its practitioners a bit too far off the path, and that way lie stories."

Haraway, Donna J.. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Experimental Futures) (Kindle Locations 2597-2604). Duke University Press. Kindle Edition.

[2]: "Critical thinking is possible only where the standpoints of all others are open to inspection. Hence, critical thinking, while still a solitary business, does not cut itself off from ‘all others.’ To be sure, it still goes on in isolation, but by the force of imagination it makes the others present and thus moves in a space that is potentially public, open to all sides; in other words, it adopts the position of Kant’s world citizen. To think with an enlarged mentality means that one trains one’s imagination to go visiting."

-Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy, 43

[3]: Eleana J. Kim, "The Arts of Noticing (Tsing's The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins)," Current Anthropology 58, no. 1 (February 2017): 138-140.

[4]: Jensen, C. B., Ishii, M., & Swift, P. (2016). Attuning to the webs of en: Ontography, japanese spirit worlds and the “tact” of Minakata Kumagusu. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6(2), 149–172. https://doi.org/10.14318/hau6.2.012

[a]: Sender, R., Fuchs, S., & Milo, R. (2016). Revised Estimates for the Number of Human and Bacteria Cells in the Body. PLoS Biology, 14(8), e1002533. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002533.