Artists' Statements

We feel compelled to be present and respond to these catastrophic times. And we feel the importance of using our Canadian privilege of freedom of expression. In our collective we express this response in the way we feel makes most sense to us personally.

Keith values freedom of expression.

Tasha Diamant (also creator of the Human Body Project):

Showing up. Acting up. Being the change. Nonviolence.

One way to understand our work is that we are trying to penetrate people's media-saturated consciousnesses by disruption. Literally making a scene.

We call them AnthropoScenes because we live in an era when Western culture's successful globalizations are creating collapse and mass extinction: the Anthropocene Epoch.

One of my goals is to raise awareness of our culture's culpability. But we are also sharing an embodied, visceral, experimental experience.

The structures that rigidify our consciousnesses won't be changed by words. I started more than 10 years ago, never dreaming I'd live in such post-factual, post-rhetorical times.

Elena Andrade (co-founder and former member):

Elena Andrade’s work with the AnthropoScene Collective is best described as embodied writing—a language of the body in dialogue with the urban environment. Embodied writing is both a practice that acknowledges the sacredness of the earth and a language of dissent to the reality show currently enforced on the planet’s inhabitants.

The aesthetics of embodied writing are experimental and experiential. The work (or better, play) happens in 3D and inside the ever-widening cracks in consensus reality opened by the recent coup d’etat in the US. “AnthropoScenes” generate chance encounters, bring codes of oppression into visibility, and intervene in the historical narrative of colonial spaces. 

Embodied writing re-imagines public space as a site for serious play, as a place to engage in profane rituals that connect bodies and cut ties to vertical structures.

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