2009 - ongoing | media: landscape & performance | location: Vendée, France | scale: 1 hectare
One of the finding of our experimentations is the cultural value of the performance of the gestures in themselves. Each of them involves a ritual: hay harvest in August, lumbering in the coldest months, bonfires at mid-winter... These acts bring people together as well as form contemplative performance for each individual; they connect us to each other, the landscape, and ourselves.
These acts are ecological in all senses of the word; they support the environment, our own ecology as well as the social one, simultaneously.
In many ways, they have grown from traditional rural rituals, but they have lost their laborious quality, or their production (even if we do forage on the land). They can be seen as contemporary reinterpretations. What remains are the positive qualities and ecological knowledge of these acts of the past.