‘We are contaminated by our encounters…’ writes Anthropologist Anna Tsing in ‘The Mushroom at the End of the World’.
Sidebody is a remote love-letter to a tree, Pycnantha acumunata, a rare plant in the New Caledonian rainforest, evolved to absorb toxic levels of nickel from the rocky soil, to such a high level that it bleeds blue nickel-rich sap when cut. This line of research is a communication to that tree, a distanced letter in pandemic and climate concerned times, a call to dwell between Linnean kingdoms- animal, plant, mineral- and to speculate mytho-poetically on proximal interdependencies, modes of restitution and gestures of care.
Writer Jamie Sutcliffe discusses ‘magical-critical’ as a mode to critically approach the complications and contradictions of contemporary life. In an aligned way Sidebody projects a space between the recently uncovered molecular-level science of phyto-accumulation and the potential, almost-magical opening of the territory between categories of things.
The Forest’s Edge
(looped video+sound 2022)
There’s a tree in the forest that accumulates toxic levels of nickel from the soil around its roots. There’s a girl who is concerned for her future air. There’s a lyrebird that perfectly mimics a baby’s cry; the forest historian at the netted edge of his forest.