The Tree Walk - Urban activism
Did you know that it takes 1000 years for plastic to decompose fully?
Did you know that on Earth there are trees older than that and they are going to experience the full decomposition of the first plastic particle? Not me, not you, not our children.
Did you know that in each washing cycle of a washing machine 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres from our clothing are washed away? Minuscule fibres of acrylic, nylon, spandex, and polyester. No wonder they are already in the water.
Did you know that plastic is found in rivers, in soil, in animals and in fish and most likely - already somewhere inside of us. One day you might want to ask for a bag when buying fish, but don’t be surprised when the salesman tells you, that the bag is already inside. Of the fish.
This performance walk was a collaboration with my peers from the performance art course for the festival No New Idols, organised by Sculpture Quadriennal Riga and it was a journey into contemporary rituals reinventing our connection with nature.
Did you know that when plastic particles break down, they gain new physical and chemical properties. And within any cell, they can trigger changes in gene expression.
So it is my strong belief that we don’t have to wait long for new species to appear. Soil - polluted, water - polluted - all it will take is for one tiny plastic particle to decide to change the natural rythm and to decide to start growing!
Do you want this? Do you?
What can you do to stop it from happening? Recycle, reuse, reinvent, refrain from taking that extra plastic bag, and repeat. Recycle, reuse, reinvent, refrain…
It drew inspiration from the tree as the “Old Idol” from which we could learn the shared sense of community across the species.
Together with - Linda Bolšakova, Anastasia Shneps-Shneppe, Ilva Minajeva, Sandra Betkere, Sarmite Kalnina and Mingaile Kola.
The Tree Walk is a 2 hours long performative walk as a part of festival No New Idols, organized by Sculpture Quadriennal Riga in Riga, Latvia, on the 25th of May, 2019.
Photo credit goes to Lauris Aizupietis