Thoughts For Tomorrow & Movements For Today

Thoughts For Tomorrow & Movements For Today is an archiving project to harvest, cultivate and honor ideas and actions that shape respect and care between people and their living environments. The project begun during my residency at MARSH where I recorded visions and practices of the MARSH’s founding members.  Shortly after I spent a week with Raphaelle Ottones and recorded her practice of taking care of her vineyard in Richeaume, France.   I noticed different gestures and sounds from both their actions and from nature in their engagements with land, water, and the plants.  Currently, I am participating stewardship events in New York City, organized by the NYC Parks department and community organizations, and learning diverse of ways people engage with nature.  As the city faces the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather, my aim is to bring visibility to the personal and collective efforts of stewardship. By visually elevating the knowledge, gestures and artistry of these caretakers, I hope to inspire a greater sense of responsibility as we move towards more symbiotic ways that humans can work with nature.

Save The Date!

March 30, 2022  10am est

Interview Session with Lindsay Campbell (Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station) and Nora Almeida (Performance Artist and Environmental Activist) at The Nature of Cities Festival

Trimming and Attaching Baby Vines

Raphaelle Ottones
Documented and Edited by
Iki Nakagawa

July, 2019 in Richeaume, France

Raphaelle Ottones is a second generation grape farmer in Richeaume, France. The land has belonged to her family since around 1810. When her family was on holiday in 1989, they saw the land completely devastated from a fire early in the year. Her family began restoring the field. As part of the restoration Raphaelle decided to transition their vineyard to organic in 2008. So far she has completed seven hectares of the fifteen hectares that can be cultivated organically. She is part of Rousset’s Cooperative where grapes are bottled, with five other organic farmers. This footage was shot in 2019 when she was taking care of her younger vines.

Digging In The Rain

Beth Neff
Kiai Gilje

Documented and Edited by
Iki Nakagawa

May, 2019 in Carondelet, MO, USA

MARSH (Materializing and Activating Radical Social Habitus) is a not-for-profit organization operating as a worker’s owned cooperative, bringing economical, healthy, locally-grown and produced food and fair labor jobs to the community. Located in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis Mo, MARSH sits in the midst of a historically industrial area alongside the Mississippi river, where cargo ships and cargo trucks pass by pretty much all day and all night. One of the founders, Beth Neff, is a veteran permaculture gardener and lends her skills to rejuvenating the soil and growing vegetables for the co-op and its neighbors. This footage was shot when two of the founding members of MARSH were planting fruit trees in their garden.

The project has been supported by MARSH (2019 Artists in Residency), Culture Push, Inc (2021 Associate Artist), iLAND and Brooklyn Art Exchange (2021 Fall Parent Artist Space Grant).

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