1000 Gifts of Decolonial Love
This project began as a poem inspired by a dream of Sadako's mother, and has become a multi-faceted community performance and instructional epic video poem. The poem weaves together instructions for folding paper cranes into the story of Sadako, Hiroshima victim whose paper cranes came to symbolize peace; the story of “climate colonialism” in Taiwan as witnessed through the endangerment of cranes; and folds historical liberation struggles into contemporary indigenous liberation and M4BL.
The video poem was screened at the Decolonizing Nature conference in April 2017 at the University of New Mexico.
Fierce Bellies Collective
Fierce Bellies is an interdisciplinary artist-led collaborative that nimbly brings together an evolving configuration of individuals depending on the project, event or activity. Founders, Ju-Pong Lin (USA) and Devora Neumark (Canada), engage decolonial transnational feminist theory & methodologies towards living their commitments to individual & collective mindfulness, wellness, and restorative strategies to cultivate resilience and joy. The name of this context-emergent living collaborative refers to the center of vital energy (丹田), as identified within traditional Asian healing practices, and functions to remind collective members to act from each of their centers with fluidity, focus and powerful intentionality.
Fierce Bellies collective locates our work in acknowledgement of the Indigenous peoples of our current home places: Pocumtuc (or Deerfield Indian) lands presently called western Massachusetts; Kanien’keha:ka – unceded Mohawk traditional territory – a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations.
Instructions for Being Water
“Instructions for Being Water: A Performance Score” was initiated just as a team of climate scientists issued a warning that humanity has only three years to dramatically lower greenhouse emissions “or face the prospect of dangerous global warming." We developed this score as “entire ecosystems” were “already beginning to collapse, summer sea ice was disappearing in the Arctic and coral reefs were dying from the heat.” In our desire to contribute to a radical alternative to the widespread eclipse of the truth about interconnectivity, we – the Fierce Bellies collective – lean towards each other and again outward. We invite new kinships and invoke ways of living and being to counter the current patterns of self-/destruction. We propose instructions for being water, instructions rooted in holistic thinking and oneness, in alignment with Jewish Kabbalistic, Chinese and Taiwanese traditions.