Chesley Walsh is a musician (solo and projects Big Share, Bent by Elephants, F in Fresh) and has been co-creating projects towards community care & health justice for several years. In the past two years, she has directed the Community Care Networks program with community and peer-support partners of mental health service programs (JGH, Up House, Ami-Quebec). She also teaches within the City Farm School of Concordia University.
This ambulatory reading circle follows processual paths to induce a multitude of moments of sharing. The first meeting took place under the sign of walking, solo and in a group, listening activated by the soles of the feet, Haraway's words seeping into ears and the spatiotemporality of the Botanical Garden. The next audio rendezvous with each participant, connecting/ed to a moment of life and took place outdoors near rocks, bodies of water, seeds, insects, leafy ground, or wastelands to a moment and life, took place outdoors, in other places, near rocks, bodies of water, insects or wastelands. The one-take recordings are accompanied by more-than-human and sometimes human voices, that solicit active sounding of thought in motion, and the surprising force of listening from-with-in bodies and situations.
This project was realized in partnership with MÉDIANE - Chaire de recherche du Canada en arts, écotechnologies de pratique et changements climatiques (mediane.uqam.ca ; dir. Gisèle Trudel) and Ada X, with support of CRSH, FCI and FRQSC.