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Pinsapo Collective presents creature/verdure with readings by Fernando Quigua, James Loop, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Claire Devoogd & Miriam Atkin

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Fernando Quigua
James Loop
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves
Claire Devoogd
Miriam Atkin

perform work in response to, inspired by or approaching the question:

what is the creative/intellectual labor that plants and non-human animals do for us?

This event will mark the release of Creature / Verdure, published by Pinsapo Press. Copies of the book will be available for you to browse or buy at the event.

Cherished by artists of the Romantic period, depictions of humans submerged in the sublime colors and shapes of raw nature look now, in the West, like a fantasy far removed from most people's lived reality. Our flora and fauna have largely been industrialized away, but their remains, in their fleeting state, offer a new complex of meanings. For Creature / Verdure, we asked our contributors to consider the following question: What is the creative/intellectual labor that plants and non-human animals do for us?

Edited by Miriam Atkin, Claire DeVoogd and Öykü Tekten
Book design by Jaime Thomas and Madeleine Richter
With writing by Sahar Muradi, James Loop, Claire DeVoogd, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Fernando Quigua, Birhan Keskin, Miriam Atkin, Jeff Benjamin, Nicola Masciandaro
Illustrations by Ethan Gould

More about PINSAPO:
Pinsapo is a name that was produced by the vagaries of memory, when one of us mistakenly applied it to the Century Plant (aka Sentry Plant, Maguey, Agave Americana). It was the slow and rising consonants of Pinsapo that accidentally came to designate for us the long life and spectacular death-bed florescence of the spiny monocarpic plant* after which our project was intended to be named. 

So we identify this collaboration by way of a misnomer. Pinsapo aspires to the kind of linguistic accuracy that accepts how words enter the mind and leave, or slowly and indiscernibly transform into something else, finding intimacy with new referents. The illusion of the definite and unshakeable word lasts only as long as our willingness to speak and act in accordance with it. Here's to the errant word, wandering where it doesn't belong...

What we do
- organize art events that undiscipline the mediums
- initiate creative collaborations and provide resources for sharing them
- publish writing in translation, writing in English, and writing not in English, especially if it is committing a genre crime or otherwise disruptive act

* flowering only once and then dying