Mapped to the Closest Address is an interspecies dance collective composed of four human animals and a cat, Violeta. Through choreographic practices, the humans wish to interrogate their orientation towards modernity/coloniality, to question their understanding/entanglement/devotion/administration of/for nature and to shift their anthropocentric perspectives. Collectively, we sew practices to enter in contact with other nonhuman lifeforms. We use various devices to record our encounters and translate them into otherwise sound/landscapes. 

Our collective maintains two gardens, it is important for us to combine scholarly readings reflecting on organisms and their material conditions with gardening practices. Shuntaro Yoshida and Maharu Maeno share a rooftop garden in Hyogo, Japan. Violeta, Catalina Fernandez, and Alex Viteri joined a Schrebergarten in Markendorf, Germany. The time within our gardens informs and nourishes our methods. We are looking to translate these explorations into our notions of choreography. 

For our last project, we created a digital archive that follows a rhizomatic structure, something like the body of an octopus with many legs and pods. For our next project/performance, we will explore with open source media to transform the archive into a digital performance. 

These are some of the questions that drive our work: How do these encounters transform our bodies and thoughts on bodies? How to translate the archive into a pseudo scientific performance?


“Remembering rice fields and wild frogs” is an outside listening session in Cordillera’s garden.


Charla immersiva Bajo El Bosque con Mapped to the Closest Address.
Artist Talk at the Saison Foundation, @Koto Ku 2022. 広い島
Special Guest Cory Tamler

We like to watch clumsy-seeming Mountains ( Echigo-Tsumari Art Field)

Hosted by the Tokamachi Snow Center (former Miyoshi Spa), the dance collective created an immersive installation that brought together their video materials, dance scores, poems, and photographs from El Arenero Yumita, a vegetable garden in Germany. 

Lichen Score 

In the choreographic book project, the art collective Mapped to the Closest Address and artist Yuni Hong Charpe created dance scores. Dance workshops and performances on environmental topics were held in Berlin, Germany and Nantes, France. The archives were compiled into the book in origami format, “Lichen Score”. 

“Turn off the house lights”, a midnight transmission

Over the past two years, we’ve met and collected stories from fellow gardeners, tree doctors, community garden members, farmers and viticulturists, friends, and family. In Cordillera, we integrated these stories and reorganized the various materials we’ve accumulated as a collective to share our working process with our guests. 

First Touch

During our residency in Honolulu Nantes, the artists, Yuni Hong Charpe and Mapped to the Closest Address, explored how to approach other species through dance. Three ideas emerged as a hypothetical methodology: 1) imitation, 2) manipulation, and 3) cohabitation. 

We like to watch clumsy-seeming mountains

We were part of PAF with a video peep hole installed in our studio in Berlin. The peep hole ran for the whole summer, hoping to invite other artists to show their work but also planned for it to be a public facing output for our work as a collective. 

Residency at Lake Studio Berlin

We collected the materials explored in the residency on the Studio's artist blog: Mapped at LAKE

Dancing Landscape

Can one be a landscape? Can one dance with the landscape? Is dance a landscape? This piece was performed at an exhibition of landscape paintings by the artist Shinichiro Koromo.

Contemporary Dance with Chickens

We danced with chickens at a historical shrine in Kyoto. The chickens taught us the steps.

Residency at Lake Studio Haruna

We researched mountains and lakes to get a sense of the relationship between moss and the body.

Open Forest Launch

Open Forest Launch is an art digital residency carried out jointly by @saison_air and @arenero_yumita.
Our digital archive is here.

Migration of Red Pepper

This piece is a lecture-style community dance based on recent trends toward climate change.  Shuntaro Yoshida will discuss the migration of the red pepper from South America to East Asia in his lecture and dance performance.

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