Performative listening walk
In-betweening was an animated listening tour about the tenderness of insecurity. Written text and imagery were the flawed, wiggly guide for sensing how everything is in a constant state of change. We walked silently around Edgewater, including through a Whole Foods, and ended at the lake.
Excerpts of text:
the sameness of chain stores makes me depressed, but a Target in Baltimore once made me miss Chicago
this used to be a birch forest
this used to be a burning peat bog
this will rot
listen to metal, brick, concrete, and glass as if they were soft before
I got dumped in May by the person I dumped at the start of the pandemic
the difference between the first time we dated and the second time makes me sting and writhe
what has changed that makes you sting and writhe?
listen as if everything is trying to protect its softness
the consistency of the sun and moon used to give me a sense of security, until I learned that the moon moves 1.48 inches further every year, which is the speed our fingernails grow.
but maybe it's part of a long-term cycle, and our future descendants, who look nothing like us, will gather in groups to discuss how overwhelming it is
that the moon is getting closer
In-betweening was part of Movement Studies, a programming series at Roman Susan that investigates social and environmental transitions.