18-06-2019


I discovered two new keywords for my research:


Regenerative, this would address to full bodily movements, holistic, healing, ritualistic.
Reductionist, if I was to apply this adjective to movement what would the actions be like and address to? yesterday I was looking into a synonym to this which was: mechanical or industrialized movement. So repetitive, alienating movements that mainly involve one singular part pf the body.

These two words come from the book ‘Ecofeminism’ by Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva, and they originally refer to germ plasm.
Scientific research has, in modern plant-breeding, eliminated the biological obstacle to the market in seed: its inherent ability to regenerate and multiply. The reductionist approach to germ plasm has transformed a common source into a commodity, of a self-regenerative resource into a mere ‘input’.

‘Divorcing seed as a source from grain (food) also changes the seed’s status. From being complete, self-regenerative products seeds become mere raw material for the production of a commodity. e cycle of regeneration, of biodiversity, is therefore supplanted by a linear flow of free germ plasm from farm and forests into laboratories and research stations, and of modi ed uniform products as cost-bearing commodities from corporations to farmers.’

REDUCTIONIST= can be identified by the fact that it does not reproduce itself while, by definition seed is a regenerative resource. Genetic resources thus, through technological manipulation, transform a renewable source into a non renewable source.


it cannot produce by itself, to do so it needs the help of arti cial manufactured inputs. as seed and chemical company merge, dependence on inputs will increase. A chemical, whether externally or internally
applied, remains an external input in the ecological cycle of the reproduction of seed.


Another important discovery at this point is the ‘Methodological guidelines for feminist research’ (taken by the same book, chapter 3.


To apply to my own artistic research some of the postulates for Women’s Studies written by Maria Mies.

Readings:
Feminist Methodological Guideline by Maria Mies
Patriarchy & Accumulation
on a World Scale by Maria Mies
The Death of Nature by Carolyn Merchant

'Ecofeminism is about connectedness and wholeness of theory and practice. It asserts the special strength and integrity of every living thing. For us the snail darter is to be considered side by side with a community's need for water, the porpoise side by side with appetite for tuna, and the creatures it may fall on with Skylab. We are a woman-identified movement and we believe we have a special work to do in these imperilled times. We see the devastation of the earth and her beings by the corporate warriors, and the threat of nuclear annihilation by the military warriors, as feminist concerns. It is the masculinist mentality which would deny us our right to our own bodies and our own sexuality, and which depends on multiple systems of dominance and state power to have its way.'

                                                                           Ynestra King

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