Second Nature (a video study), 2023

video

11’23’

The video addresses the relationship between capitalism and religion. Throughout the centuries, the religious idea of the Garden, as a place passive to be appropriated, extracted, commodified was mobilized to serve the colonial and imperialists interests. “Second Nature” critically departs from that myth of foundation and propose other forms of relation. The video reflects on the social, political, economic and environmental implications of this foundational myth, and, at the same time, tries to imagine forms of regeneration based on interdependency and camaraderie between humans, non-humans.

The video initiates a larger project that has the same title, “Second Nature”. It is a long-term project that sprouts in the encounter of two exhaustions, the human and the environmental, and tries to imagine how to live after it. How to regenerate. How to resurrect.

Many have pointed out that today is easier to imagine the end of the world, than the end of capitalism. Eschatology, messianism, dystopia, apocalypse. When an old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters. But it is also the moment to imagine and pre-enact different forms of living. Different forms of living that do not reproduce the dynamics we already know.

In the initial chapter of this long-term project, I explore these discussions through the allegory of the Genesis. Connecting environmental and human extractivism, by bridging labor and nature exploitation, the project seeks to expand our notion of commons, playing with the Judeo-Christian myth of origin to imagine a regeneration based on interdependency and comradeship.