Synthesis of the wild
By searching for narratives that express our relationship to the wild animal we can reconsider the world as a shared habitat, where real stories of coexistence represent the role of stewardship and become a symbol of the struggle to sustain the ecological systems we all depend upon.
The portrayal of the animal in contemporary society in many respects has been reduced to a commodity. I believe we can rescue and re-imagine our patterns of belief and practice through new interpretations and representations.
It is important for me to contextualise and incorporate the specifics of place and real world scenarios in my artistic practice through examples of modern relationships with wild nature. My initial explorations in this MFA have been guided through the presence of the micro bat in Utrecht as an example of coexistence with the wild animal. These urban dwellers live in the gaps left in housing, unused fortresses and in man made bat boxes. They live among us. They are now completely dependent on human structures for their existence.
In an unused fortress on the outskirts of the city I set about imagining the way these creatures navigate urban structures through the use of echolocation. The spatial readings are interpreted through sound waves, made visible, in the darkened spaces of the fortress.
By immersing myself in examples such as this I hope to develop strategies that can be applied to further research investigations into human coexistence with wild nature and make visual interpretations of this knowledge.