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X WALDENKEN

xxFORES THINKING SABINA HOLZER AND JACK HAUSER VISIT NEIGHBOUR FOREST, OR, THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM
xx —Performer Sabina Holzer and visual artist Jack Hauser take their audience on a “fictionautical” excursion into the “Zone”:
xx there, almost invisibly, exchanges begin between humans and the forest. What is the forest? Who is it? How much is it?
xx Duration: 2 hours —This performance has a maximum audience of 15, please register by emailing.
xx http://www.mission-w.net


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xxSCRIPT

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BECOMING MOLEKULAR 1:
xxWelcome to the zone. We’re happy to spend the next 2 hours together with you. My name is Sabina Holzer,
xxand this is Jack Hauser. We’re here today because we want to approach the stories of the forest and call our attention
xxto how they permeate our own stories, and which experiences may result from that. We will get to know obvious and
xxmysterious things. For what would life be without mysteries. Dying, too, is full of mysteries, and the one cannot exist
xxwithout the other.
xxThis zone is a sphere, a biosphere. It has a thin hull extending about 60 kilometres above and 5 kilometres xx
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beneath the ground. On entering this zone, we start to interact with it, with the life forms, materials, substances, smells,
xxlight waves, refractions and micro-organisms created from it. We enter into exchange, because that is a fundamental
xxquality of living beings. Therefore, life always and on principle changes the environment and the space it colonises or moves
xxthrough.
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Our mission is to accompany you through this zone over the next 2 hours. During our wanderings through the
xxforest, “The Memories of the Molecule” were very helpful, and we would like to pass them on to you so that we’ll be able
xxto concentrate on “becoming molecular”. Becoming molecular consists of several steps we will take on our trail.
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What does becoming molecular mean?
xxProgressive becoming: Becoming woman / child / animal / plant / minerals / molecules. Continuous becoming,
xxpermanent birth, constant change and transformation, perpetual becoming. Important for this are
xx“zones of proximity”. Zones of proximity means that we will stay together, possibly with a maximum of 3 metres
xxdistance from the next person. However, “zones of proximity” does not only concern ourselves, but all the visible and
xxinvisible beings and agents permeating us. Perhaps we will become strange kinds of wolf children, fauns, nymphs,
xxor appear as other unidentifiable intermediate beings. Whatever we’ll turn into, we are molecular collectives.
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xxWe always are several. I am several. You are several. We, anyway. So we will stay together and should never
xxbe farther than 3 metres from another during our walk. As a child I had a favourite game in the woods:
xxIn treetops, shreds of sky, clouds, branches, leaves, moss and flowers I tried to find and detect formations,
xxfigures and signs, something that would tell me something about and of the invisible world, that would let me
xxmake contact with it. On our path and our becoming (molecular), too, it will occur that the invisible world gets
xxin touch with us and we with it.
xxSo: What is the invisible world? The backside of the person standing opposite me, for example.
xxOr much of that which is bigger than I am. Often that which I’m thinking about. Everything that is not Now,
xxthat has happened. Sometimes there are traces of it now, but a huge part of it is invisible. That which will be:
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invisible. Many processes of exchange are invisible, but often they are audible and palpable. In the zone, the various
xxmatters are oscillation fields of varying density. We will enter and get in contact with these oscillation fields.
xxTrees often are as large underground as the treetop visible to us.
xxForming roots below the surface, together with other beings and fungi, bacteries, micro-organisms,
xxsmall animals – a network of exchange by means of nutrients, fluids. They are an essential, invisible part
xxof our visible world. The one does not work without the other. This subterranean world also communicates
xxvia oscillation. Thus, each step we take means making contact with this network under the earth. With every step we
x .are telling the roots and trees who and how we are. Our walking is a conversation with the trees.
xxSo that we may hear or receive what the forest and its inhabitants are telling us we will not talk while we are walking.
xxWalking itself is our talk. We contact our senses, our nervous system with the tempo and weight of our steps.

xxBECOMING MOLECULAR 2:
xxI had a dream. I heard a voice that told me: all human beings are different. Look at the trees, and you will understand.
xxWhy the trees, I’m asking myself and looking at the trees. Perhaps because we are in such direct contact with the trees.
xxBecause they, even if we are not there in the forest, provide the oxygen we need to breathe. But not only that:
xxWhen we inhale, the air flows through nose and mouth into our windpipe, from where it enters our lungs.
xxThe right lung is divided into three lobes, the left one into two. The windpipe fans out into ever finer branches,
xxthe bronchia. These eventually become a very fine netting terminating in the pulmonary alveoli. In the two halves of the
xxlungs these cover an area of about 200 square metres. Between alveoli and lung capillaries the gas exchange takes place.
xxFresh oxygen enters through the alveoli into the capillary blood, and by way of the lung venoles reaches the left chamber
xxof the heart. Blood rich in carbon dioxide comes from the right chamber’s arterioles and is absorbed by the alveoli.
xxWhen we exhale, the carbon dioxide leaves our body. Trees use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. With the help of carbon dioxide,
xxwater, and sunlight they produce glucose which can be used by all living beings as a source of energy and carbon.

xxBECOMING MOLECULAR 3:
xxImitating, becoming similar, becoming imperceptible. We, as molecular collectives imitate, emulate, let ourselves be permeated,
xxbecome like everything else. We let ourselves be changed by what we perceive. For instance, zones of proximity with the trees.
xxThe trees here appear: standing, leaning, lying. We follow suit. We are moved by the wind of our breath. We take up the wind
xxwhich moves the branches and leaves, are made to oscillate by it. Becoming molecular level 2 means: Movements are clear.
xxThey are not always visible, but in any case perceptible.

xxMURMURING:
xxBefore us a fibrillating and finding, a flashing and trembling, forgetting here, forgetting there, from above and
xxbelow the human being, connected given away, promised forgiven, forgotten in its disposition, its existence and
xxits going. See threads of fungi, fibres and felts fabulating, connecting with the earth, and there find their food
xxjust like the tree. In this nourishing and consuming they remain here yet are not there, are invisible in one place
xxand secret with the visible below and above with the mycelium with the grumpy human who sometimes is able
xxto spend days of joy. Fungi. Felting. Finding. Disappearing. Threads. Matting. Thread beings, those fungi.
xxMerging with the tree. A dream. Once again. Fabricating. Fabulating. Earth. Water. Air. Light. As above, so below.
xxHumans finding themselves in the middle. Und has a plea.
xxI’m asking you. Bed me. As above, so below. Flies and traps. Becoming on earth. Or under it. Quite frisky. The fungi.
xxWith their threads. Provide for the trees’ tomorrow. Fungous felting of roots. Nothing but threads.
xxNeither plant nor beast. Yet here with us. Expand the volume in the ground. Fungi get sugar. Trees get minerals.
xxSymbiosis. Hypnosis. What am I doing here. Fabulating along the fibres. Tree fibres. Muscle fibres. Fabulating neighbours.
xxPondering. Meandering. Nightshade growth, I. Blossoms and leaves. At any weather. The liking the lapsing of leaves.
xxBranches and twigs. Do not keep silent. Dear treasure. Myclium. Let yourself be found, and bind growth to good.
xxPlease, says the human in the middle. In between. In. The woods.

xxBECOMING MOLECULAR 4:
xxAs above, so below. Humans finding themselves in the middle.
xxSeen proportionally, the space around the human being is as big as inside it. Sun, moon, and stars remind us of protons,
xxneutrons, and electrons. The word “nature” comes from Latin and means “getting born”. Does our thinking influence
xxthat which is around and inside us? Sometimes something changes. Well, actually mostly. All the time. Mostly one discerns
xxbetween animate nature (humans, animals, plants) and inanimate nature (fluids, stones, gases). Becoming molecular,
xxwe know that these are similar building materials, only in different aggregation states. Various combinations and densities
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of monoxide, dioxide, trioxide, carbohydrates, sugar, amino acids and minerals, or something to that effect. As part of the
xxmolecular collectives I am applying for a visa regarding a prolonged stay in permeable territories. These not only exist here
xxin the zone but everywhere, wherever and whenever I perceive myself as a permeable territory, as an established alien,
xxas a cross-species hybrid. I’m just noticing that the trees are getting near us with their terpenes (carbon structures) –
xx for the trees’ language is chemistry – can you hear it, too? Let us create a zone of proximity with them for
xxanother few moments. Thank you. (Sabina Holzer, translated by David Ender)