GRANDMOTHERS GAZE (2021)
Grandmothers Gaze is a film that will be ever shown in public, as it was the continuation of a conversation with an other-than-human being that is often referred to as ayahuasca, in the medium of moving image. It is the prequel to the film 'When we left Centaury Cascades' currently in pre-production. I do not think that the public screening of this film would have a conducive effect. This film, however, was a deepening of my relationship to the spirit and study of their language and symbolic expressions.
The film I would like to make for the matter not exclusive to spirit, 'How we left Centaury Cascades' explores the abstract experience and real ecocidal consequences of spiritual tourism, and seeks to engage with the complexities of spiritual bypassing, while reflecting on the medicine of our anantecedents. The film asks the question, what shape does your life take on when it is no longer articulated by the grammar of human progress? Paraphrasing Sophie Strand, What does it mean to be ‘made by moments of inter-species impact’?
What does it mean to integrate the teachings of plants that have been afflicted by colonial erasure?
'How we left Centaury Cascades' seeks to engage with the concept of place and locality through the experience of herbal medicine, not only with the contested consumption of master-teacher plant Ayahuasca but also especially with the UK-local plant Centaury (tausend gueldenkraut), evocating the lore and mythology of Centaury, but also priming to rethink our concept of plants as live forms without consciousness, or agency.