Doerte Weig

A MOABI TREE SPECULATES FUTURE INTERWEAVINGS OF HUMAN WITH VEGETAL LIFE

I communicate with you as the tropical forest tree Moabi. I am part of the story of the dja mbo ka, meaning the opening of the world, told by the egalitarian Baka people of Central Africa. The Baka open the world to other human groups via my trunk. My scientific name is Baillonella toxisperma, and I offer nutrition in tropical forest ecosystems. I’m a well-known timber species, and my fellow Moabi are being cut down excessively, leaving dangerously large gaps in ecosystemic entwinings. I am deeply saddened that my role is no longer to open into worlds of plenty and abundance, and together with you I would like to explore how humans can generate novel felt ways of knowing-sensing embeddedness. Which future interweavings of human with vegetal life can we fabulate into becoming? How can we speculate a novel dja mbo ka, an opening into a multispecies world?

Doerte Weig’s fascination is to uncover how different facets of human physicality relate to socio-political transformation and ecological awareness. Doerte has a PhD in social anthropology and experience researching with hunter-gatherers, contemporary dancers, citizen scientists, corporate managers and fascia specialists. She enjoys audiovisual media for presenting research results (i.e., Changing Perspectives by Water Magic or The Sounds of Non-Violence). Doerte believes that we cannot think-perceive or speculate about the future of human societies, education, health or work without taking into account more the sensoriality of our moving-sensing bodies. In her forthcoming book Tensional Responsiveness: Ecosomatic Aliveness and Sensitivity with Human and More-than, Doerte offers new vocabularies around ‘bodying’ and other inspirations for raising responsive ecosystemic sensitivity and awareness in humans