Becoming Species

Along with nine other people, Linh Le started the performative activist group Becoming Species. Becoming Species is part of the global movement Extinction Rebellion and uses non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to create awareness on the climate emergency.

Photo by Ida Dalsgaard Nicolaisen

BECOMING SPECIES’ STATEMENT

“In our current society other species than the almighty human are not considered Life. We disagree. We want to explore how it is to be other Life. We want to give other species a voice. 

We humans are part of a network of existences. We are not on top of a hierarchy of species. We must move away from anthropocentrism, the idea that Homo Sapiens is the most important and intelligent species on Earth. 

We are becoming species. We are mycelium, grass, mole, wind around a bird, coral, tree, moth, octopus, lichen, gople. We are humans becoming other species through meditation, movement and material. We work with butoh dance and mycelial decomposition of mind-body. We reset ourselves to nothingness, to a blank canvas in order to transform. Though, we know that we can never fully become species. We know that we are humans aiming to listen, understand and become species. Thus, we are always in a state of becoming. 

Our bodies move together and apart, in symmetry and juxtaposition, melting and separating, orientating and disorientating, above and underneath, side by side, leaning in and away.

We take space. We open, spread, reach everything, explore, destroy. We connect. We are becoming species. We belong here. We are Life.”

More photos here: https://www.instagram.com/becoming_species/