Braidings

This work analyzes the cultural act of human hair braiding within the context of evolution, tradition and manual dexterity. Extending this ancient craft onto the pelt of a close domestic relative re-examines the taxonomic relation between human and animal.

Braiding is an ancient cultural tradition which takes different shapes and delineates various tribes. As a symbol of human activity, braiding wool redefines what is considered human by interlacing it with animality. Taxonomies become indistinguishable by connecting the human to the animal with an ancestral and social hairline. The agency of bodies resurfaces by understanding biological entities as complex and constantly shifting systems, actively responsive and dynamically regulatory. This leads to a necessary mode of thought, expanding the anthropomorphic scope to include and focus on inter and intra-actions that constitute the prerequisites of survival in our postmodern times.

The malleability of this reciprocity entails a porosity in all bodies that would allow them to be permeable down to their most intimate recesses, an empathic osmosis. Similarly, this porosity questions precepts of inside and outside, and calls for an intimacy between the bodies and the world beyond the boundaries of membranes. Man, animal, nature are all sentient bodies that have the potentiality to act as one.







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