Disasters both natural and man-made have become routine. The traditional political definitions of left and right no longer apply. Humans need to learn new ways to coexist with nature. The Public Programs transform an art space into fieldwork, in response to local conditions and the impetus of knowledge. Just like the inhabitants of a small island before greeting the darkness of night, when the sun falls not behind the mountains but into the sea, we anticipate re-establishing relations with all the living creatures of the land, an opportunity for open and mutual exchange and learning. The project includes both lectures and hands-on workshops spanning numerous disciplines, such as writing science fiction, a roaming air quality monitoring exhibit, critical reading and inspection of historical materials, and nature constellations. It also explores the naming rules built up through ancestral faith and wisdom in relation to the land. Although these rules differ from group to group, what never changes about naming culture is that it represents not only a set of distinguishing symbols, but also life history intertwined with the environment. The project also leads the public out of the museum and into the field, using bodily perceptions to depict spaces that traverse the boundaries of maps.
Indigenous sages, hunters, scientists, and artists join forces to speak on behalf of the myriad beings, making visible the relationships among the island’s disadvantaged, species, technology, and individuals. These native philosophies that differ from contemporary mainstream logic and non-anthropocentric memories out in the field serve to enable a turn in the irreversible ending.