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What if the vast range of life forms we call ‘biodiversity’ gathered to talk about us?
The Earthlings Assembly is an exciting new community arts project on Portland UK that will culminate in October 2021 as the nations of the World assemble for the UN Biodiversity Summit in China. The event will be co-created by you, the community, and Wildworks with the support of local arts organisation b-side. The project is commissioned by MEMO as part of Eden Portland.
The project seeks to explore the diversity of life on Portland, and to gather an assembly of humans and non-humans that will honour and celebrate the distinctiveness of the place.
The Earthlings Assembly is looking for members.
Would you like to be with us from the very start?
This digital space is for you, people of Portland, to participate in games and activities found in the tasks link below.
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
In normal times we would start this process by setting up community tea-parties, working with schools and community groups, individuals and local experts. As we are unable to be present right now we have created this website where you can enrol as an assembly member and participate in games and activities, all waiting for you in THE TASKS below. Your contributions will form the heart of the Assembly and of the event in October.
WHO ARE WILDWORKS?
We are Wildworks, a theatre company that doesn’t work in theatres. We work in unconventional spaces together with the people who inhabit, love or hold memories of those spaces. Everyone is welcome. Our participants and audiences come from all walks of life, many have never been to the theatre before. In quarries, claypits, old mines, derelict industrial spaces, castles, beaches, gardens, forests, we create large and small scale events in collaboration with communities. Our narratives always have their roots on specific place and people.
For the past fifteen years we have travelled from our home in Cornwall and worked with communities all across the UK and beyond. We arrive as guests and spend time getting to know each other and learning about the place from those who know the most about it: its people. We explore, we listen, we eat and drink together. Out of these conversations we create a theatre of place and people. We celebrate the uniqueness of each site.
WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY?
Biodiversity includes all the variety of life on Earth, in all its forms, weird and wonderful, from foxes to foxgloves, puffins to porpoises, bacteria to butterflies.
Portland is literally covered with the traces of creatures
past and present. Bones of the extinct Great Auk have been found on the island, mammoth bones found in quarry gullies and then of course there are the fossil creatures millions of years old… as well as traces of live creatures…
For all our differences…WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS!
Listen to Sir David Attenborough
talking about biodiversity