Location: Queens, NY
Collaborator: Thomas Choinacky, Flux Factory
Weedy Nomad is a movement-based storytelling project that explores neighborhoods in transition through plant-body encounters. We invite activists, artists and publics to share their experiences of development and gentrification through guided walks and movement scores that look particularly at marginalized urban ecosystems and spontaneous plants (aka weeds) found in “vacant lots,” sidewalk cracks, treepits, and highway medians. These in-between spaces and weedy species survive on and along borders. They use these spaces as containers, as homes, and as crossings that resist the built environment and model climate survival strategies. In looking at these under-recognized lifeforms, we are able to move in new ways, understand shifting ecologies, and highlight indigenous and underrecognized histories and stories.