Waiting is a collaborative art work, co-composed by us and worms. In this composting collaboration we feed the worms what we are eating and they transform ‘dead’ matter into live soil, providing us with castings and with food for thought. Worms are humble creatures, yet they have a powerful effect on our ability to live healthy happy lives. They literally make the topsoil that grows our food. We were drawn to work with worms when we sensed an affinity between our commitment to recycling and their composting/transformational skills. Worms still retain much mystery, at the same time as being a common—though often unnoticed—part of everyday life.
Waiting and listening are our methodologies. Working with sound and video in a series of short diary-like pieces we try to attune to the worms through listening to the sounds they make and amplifying those sounds through our own bodies. At certain unknown points – through proximity, through time and through ongoing care – a threshold is reached and our relationship with worms changes. At these threshold points something happens that shifts our experience of the world.
For over twenty years we have made collaborative projects that explore cultural and philosophical ideas through material processes that unfold in our everyday life. Our work is often a prolonged meditation on a problem, idea or situation that arises in our own lives. The work unfolds through reading, talking, walking and eventually materializes as a mixed media installation, usually featuring video and sound.
Thank-you to Jim Denley for music.
No worms have been harmed in this work.