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?

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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