Before I went on maternity leave, I did a podcast called “Team Human” (the description reads, "With each episode of Team Human, Rushkoff grapples with complex issues of agency, social justice, and all those quirky non-binary corners of life in a highly approachable and engaging podcast.”).
I talked about the way I use soil as both a literal way of restoring ecosystems and a metaphor for social interaction. It's here if you're interested.
I got an email a few weeks later from a Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at North Carolina University who’d heard the podcast. Check out what he wanted me to do after hearing it:
"I am creating a piece for an exhibition celebrating the re-naming of a historic building on campus. Now the Women's College, the building was originally named after Charles Aycock, a past Governor who designed the legal framework for white supremacy. My piece takes the form of horticulture workshop that focuses on 'how to properly remove diseased and unhealthy parts of plants and trees to ensure sustainable and healthy ecosystems for the future.' I would like to invite and commission you to write a script, for a workshop leader, that addresses the techniques and reasons for pruning (how to and why - just like a real workshop) that metaphorically makes connections to healthy and just societies.”
The performance art piece will be workshoped and produced by student actors on campus in August, and the script will be available for other universities or groups who want a workshop piece on using ecology as a metaphor for race relations.
This completely embodies the work I do with Soil and Shadow. It re-activates my theater training. IT IS ME.
Celebrating and humbled by the work.