“If the age of the Earth was a calendar year and today were a breath before midnight on New Year’s Eve, we showed up a scant fifteen minutes ago, and all of our recorded history has blinked by in the last sixty seconds”
– Janine M. Benyus, ‘Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature’
'Moulding' is dedicated to the microorganisms on us, in us and around us. They are our earliest ancestors, emerging 3.8 billion years ago, compared to our 200,000 years. We've made a mistake placing ourselves above them in a sort of egosystem. How does acknowledging the oldest surviving life-forms help us to feel our way back into the Earth's ecosystem?
Choreographer and performer, Felix Palmerson, puts our interactions with and perceptions of bacteria under the microscope to better understand and question how this impacts our relationship to the natural world more broadly.
This solo performance combines dance with sound by Perth-based experimental musician, Alex Turner, to offer a textural sense of living alongside microorganisms with humility and appreciation, in contrast to floating above on a man-made plastic throne.
This work was supported by Phluxus2 Dance Collective and the Space Eater initiative.
Warning: Contains sudden loud noises