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Messengers Divinos: a mediation on time, space, corporeality, and consciousness, Ivan Espinoza (New York, NY)

  • Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston 3400 S Main St. Houston, TX 77002 (map)

“There is indeed a music in the streams,” writes Wendell Berry,

"but it is not for the hurried. It has to be loitered by and imagined. Or imagined toward, for it is hardly for men at all."

For centuries, poets and mystics spanning world cultures have regarded Earthly bodies such as cacti and mushrooms as "DIVINE MESSENGERS" glistening with with songs of other-worldly knowledge. Biologists have also discovered that trees actively collaborate with underground mushroom networks, called Mycelium, to communicate extensively and share resources. These fungal networks are highly sentient -- capable of perceiving everything from physical touch to sound -- and just as responsive as our own complex neural networks. But the songs and intelligences of the Mycelium and her mushrooms are incredibly subtle. They can hear us, but what will it take for us to hear them? In a Post-Fordist, Capitalist society, what will it take to slow down and notice the vibrant matter that lies so close at hand?

In this durational Butoh performance, human bodies will attempt to commune with Mushroom bodies, skin to skin, pore to pore. We will begin by attempting to dissolve the body as we experience it in our everyday lives, to allow for metamorphosis and transformation. In this altered experience of the body, normal perceptions of space and time cease to exist, and we can, perhaps, become more attuned to the infinite rhythms of the Ecosphere.

The flesh of the mushrooms will be hooked up to motion sensors and electrical connectors that perceive the electromagnetic variations from the surface of mushroom caps to the root system of the mycelium and translate them to sounds, and thus, actively participating in the creation of a somatic, sonic tapestry. Join us as we immerse in a world of Deep Ecology where human bodies are invited to exchange possibilities with every cap and stem, with each textured surface and vibrating entity that emanate divinely terrestrial songs from the worlds of soil and stone.