‘If the Danube could talk, what would it say?’ asks Brazilian artist Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, hoping that her LAB session will provide answers that are as diverse as her participants. Women from all walks of life, with different languages, physiques, ancestors, and skills will dip into the flowing waters of the Danube and listen out for its testimony. Based on de-colonial and ecological practices learned and carried out by Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha along the rivers of the Amazon, this lab aims to establish a space of healing, joy, and fascination.
Inspired by the procedures and practices that guide the work of the Buiúnas network – a network for women, rivers and art, the artist Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha invites women* from different origins, nationalities, languages, bodies, ancestry, crafts, and ways of life, to dive together into the Danube River waters and listen to its/her testimony. The procedures proposed by the artist for this collective experience are the same as those adopted for the research project Margens. On Rivers, Buiúnas and Fireflies, dedicated to listening to rivers experiencing catastrophe, from the perspective of the river. The encounter in a figurative sense between waters from Brazil’s Amazon region and one of Europe’s most important rivers is seen as a decolonial strategy and a space for healing, joy, and fascination.
Consider healing, shamanism, animism, ancestor rituals, perspectivism, Anthropocene, legal and environmental issues
Activities We will begin by sharing and rhizoming one anothers answers to the question that opens the experience: ‘If the Danube could talk, what would she say?’ or ‘If you could listen to the voice of the Danube river, what would it be like?’ A Danube catastrophe will be identified. The following procedures will guide the work:
- Dream as a study method
- Listening to ‘invisible non-human beings’: the dead, spirits, matter, natural phenomena
- Singing as a translation language between worlds
- Creation of mediating entities
- Do not hierarchize the human presence on the scene
- Only what belongs to the territory can belong to the work
- Documentation of the invisible and the inaudible
- Use of techno-shamanic instruments
- Inversion of Thought
- At a certain moment, an offering will be made to the river