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 epic instructional video poem. The poem weaves together instructions for folding paper cranes; the story of Sadako, Hiroshima victim whose paper cranes came to symbolize peace; a story of “climate colonialism” and the endangerment of cranes in Taiwan; and contemporary liberation struggles of Indigenous resurgence and M4BL.
The video poem was screened at the Decolonizing Nature conference in April 2017 at the University of New Mexico.
Fierce Bellies Collective
The Fierce Bellies collective envisions the mainstreaming of climate justice through joyful art practice. We engage transnational feminism to cultivate a blend of mindfulness, activism and radical aesthetics to support transformational change and critique of the inequalities of the colonial carbon economy.
Founders, Ju-Pong Lin (USA / Taiwan) and Devora Neumark (Canada / USA) named the collective Fierce Bellies to invoke Qi, the center of vital energy (dantián 丹田) as identified within traditional Chinese wellness practices (and echoed in other wisdom traditions including the Kabbalah). The name functions to remind collective members to act from their energetic centres with fluidity, resolve, and powerful intentionality. The interdisciplinary, artist-led collective has expanded to include the following members: T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh / Sto:Lo / Hawai’I / Sweden) and Maritza Mercado-Narcisse (USA).
Fierce Bellies collective locates our work in acknowledgement of the Indigenous peoples of our current home places: the Nonotuck land, presently called Amherst in western Massachusetts, and the neighboring nations of Nipmuc and Wampanoag to the East, the Mohegan and Pequot to the South, the Mohican to the West, and the Abenaki to the North; 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.