A 31-hour performance piece with a participatory end – Cut 31 was an exercise in listening,
in re-worlding, and making kin. An attempt to sever the human from essentialist and anthropocentric hierarchies, shifting towards the human-animal body. Over the duration, the Mrozik Gawler fasted, remained silent, and wove a human-sized nest from an introduced species of plant- a vessel to signify an arrival and a departure. The ivy used in the work was chosen as its removal assisted in revegetation and management of the site, as it threatens native plants.
Observers were separated from the artist for 26 hours, only able to view the new habitat through binoculars until the final hours when they were invited into the nest to make kin with their animal selves, and their animal death.
Engaging themes of mass extinction, the relations between humans and all other species, and the contemporary western estrangement that has led to ecological collapse CUT 31 demanded the discomfort and consequence of anthropocentrism, and offered observers and participants a remaking or refiguring of the human as a participant, dependant and entangled being amongst an agentic, vital biosphere.
CUT 31 was an invitation to consider the time of death in which we live, and participate. To stay with the discomfort in the hope that in doing so, we might build resilience to address these confronting and uncomfortable issues collaboratively – to come back into relationship with the non-human world, and with our human selves, in the process.
This is how we quiet, this is how we make kin, let me tell you how we died.
Producer Stephanie Spiers
HillsceneLIVE Festival 2018