Braiding & Sphering:
(In)forming Friends in a More-Than-Human World
Becky Christ and Amber Ward, inspired by the central threads of sympoiesis, invite CIES 2020 Miami conference attendees to make-with us by braiding/sphering using fibers and found objects, provided by the artists or brought in by the participants themselves* to embody and “re-situate the human within the relational flow of life where everyone and everything – both human and non-human – are deeply interconnected” (CIES, 2020, emphasis added throughout). We find inspiration in Manning and Massumi (2014) who say the “relational environment is set up to make the outside a participant . . . the outside brings friends” (p. 64); they continue: “to paint [or braid/sphere] with friends, is to become attentive to how the friends paint [or braid/sphere] in you” (p. 72). Thus, we use braiding/sphering in this interactive art installation as a making-with, a worlding-with each other, humans and non-humans alike, in educational spheres and . . . and . . . and . . .
* Recommended materials:
- natural or synthetic fiber you would otherwise discard (e.g., torn conference bags, old socks, stained towels)
- found objects from your environment, including the office, classroom, home, outdoors, and more (e.g., broken necklace, used shoelaces, holiday ribbon)
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