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Fiona Middleton

Concentration; a mineral gathering

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Monique McCrystal and Deja Redman

Harmony (with the whole)

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Naoco Wowsugi

The Sound of Zeroth

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Riane Tyler

Your Deepest Ocean Meditation

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Lily Cox-Richard and Michael Jevon Demps, Library of Radical Returns

Dowsing Bodies

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Tifani Kendrick

Breath-Centered Meditation to Connect with Creation

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GM Keaton

Points of Contact: Learning to Float

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Sara Smith

When humans dive, are we marine mammals?

Five considerations as we breathe.

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Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles

Meditation for Divers

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Rachel Hilton

Air and Water

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Brad Fox

Spectral Melt

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FOREST-BODY-CHAIR at Mildred's Lane

Julia O. Bianco, Rachel Schmoker, Sara Smith

Acknowledgments of the Honorable Guest

Gina Siepel, Ainsley Steeves, Samiha Tasnim, Lotte Kliros Walworth

I Have Questions

Ruby Waldo


FOREST-BODY-CHAIR is a project of RAY (the collaborative team of Gina Siepel and Sara Smith), using wooden chairs as an occasion to explore entwined ecological, embodied, and social questions connected to their construction and use. A three-week workshop version of FOREST-BODY-CHAIR at Mildred’s Lane in July 2021 brought together participant-fellows and guest artists for conversation and experimentation across somatic, greenwood construction, and fieldwork practices. Meditation Ocean was introduced into the session, allowing for additional associations to be made between forests and oceans, as well as contemplation of breath as an environmental process and metaphor. Participants were invited to develop meditation scripts collaboratively or on their own. 

You’ve been frozen in Antarctic ice for a year

living without sunlight

eating seal meat and penguin steaks

You watched someone die from effects of darkness

saw their body dropped through a hole in the ice

Then it all defrosted

And now you’re back in familiar waters

It’s warmer

And there’s fresh food above

The sun rises in the morning and sets at night

And even the ocean has a bottom

You sink through carnelian red

xanthine orange

invisible green

into livid purple

dark diva violet

and methyl blue

finally luminous blue-black

and then black

a black that opens and swallows opens and swallows

even blacker than before

so dark it darkens darkness

From somewhere within

a ray of receptivity

ignites and begins to circle counterclockwise

a watchtower beam sweeps through fluid

internal and external

past and future

quickening until it blurs

a field of absorption

soon stabilizing

in all directions

a spreading sphere with no center

Remove the light source

and the illumination remains

soft and constant in all directions

Tune to the room tone

Amplifications internal and external

Languages of clicks and lacks

And beneath sound and light

appears something so fine and delicate

a tissue of such subtlety

so transparent

barely sensible

wavering oil against oil

a sheen just this side of nothing at all

And tending to that, fed by that

turn to the water, inside and out

past and future

dissolution and union

centered in non-place

an emergent incident

and notice the surprising coherence of the body

its receptivity and vitality

feel yourself as the ocean feels you

your mind a fishbowl clear and soft 

Brad Fox

Spectral Melt