Earthkinology is a series of interactive street installations made out of waste materials that encourage the formation of interspecies empathy and kinship bonds with our more-than-human urban neighbours, inviting the public to pay closer attention to the natural ecosystems of the city.
More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities and by 2060 further 10% are projected to make the move. With this rapid metropolitan and industrial development, along with city dwellers’ increasingly frantic pace of life, urban nature has more often than not been either diminished or made invisible. The global experience of Coronavirus pandemic though has for once provided a different perspective, giving many the never taken before opportunity to explore their local bioregions. Citizens’ interests are slowly coming back to the nearby green. And as nature connected people are more prone to adopt pro-environmental empathetic behaviours, this comes as a hopeful step towards building a climate change resilient culture. But how do we sustain and deepen this revived interest post-pandemic now that the pace of city life is picking up again?
Using an array of sensory invitations, Earthkinology's audio-visual experiences ask for the viewers to pause amidst their day, take notice and explore the more unusual ways of sensing and being within their everyday contexts. The project combines imaginary, backed up by science fact and traditional indigenous and ecological knowledge, to build up possible narratives from the perspective of other species, exploring new ways to access, bond and empathise with our more-than-human urban neighbours.
Earthkinology is a grassroots movement masked by public entertainment encouraging new way of engaging and deepening of a collective sense of kinship with and connection to local natural ecosystems for the local public. The project is an effort towards the further de-centering of the human exceptionalism so prevalent in our city culture with ambition to contribute to the much necessary shift towards interspecies relationship building and ecocentric ways of perceiving and being.