Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #42 – Sitting in a Circle

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, 339 Gräser, detail of artist book, 2010.

In gathering roots, just plunging in will get you nothing but a hole. We have to unlearn hurrying. This is all about slowness. “First we give. Then we take.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The farmer’s carrots carry the soil to our kitchen. In patchy clumps the earth sticks to the root vegetables. Food aside, roots usually go unnoticed when we humans look at plants. Below the ground, plant roots extend in a similar or even vaster mass than the established stems and leaves above ground.

We dig (again) into Kimmerers writings, to reconnect with the teachings of plants and the wealth of knowledges. Let’s gather and take our time to notice them.

Between Us and Nature is an ongoing reading club that chooses texts related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism and the (post)anthropocene from a female perspective. Attendees read passages together out loud, and share experiences and thoughts about the nature they live in. Looking beyond disciplines, the group creates a space to learn from and with bacteria, algae, fungi, soil and multinaturalist narratives.

NOTE the TIME: We start at 18:30 CEST. We have 2 hours of reading together.

Come and join us with an open mind here:

What:​ The Reading Club is in English language

Where​: Zabriskie, Reichenberger Str. 150, 10999 Berlin

When:​ Wednesday 18th of January, 2023 18:30 CEST (sharp!)

RVSP is necessary: betweenusnature [at] gmail [dot] com

Why:​ to read together, be inspired and meet people

Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies and the arts

In collaboration with Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur.

Quote: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenus Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, 2013, milkweed editions, P. 233.

Covid: If you have symptoms of a cold, please refrain from attending, thank you!