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Grégoire Bridel and Remy Carron on Staying with the Trouble
24 June, 2021
In the last chapter of her book, Donna Haraway tells the fabulated story of the ‘communities of compost’ and tracks their evolution over five generations. In these communities, the ‘children of compost’ recrafted the conditions of living and dying to enable flourishing in the present and in times to come. Their work is international kin making across deep damage and significant difference and each newborn comes into being as symbionts with critters of actively threatened species.
While reading the Camille Stories, we noticed how much play was a powerful activity as a kin-forming apparatus. As part of the Studio Caruso, we created the Game of Oddkin, allowing players to get to know each other and to form new kinships. Playing the game highlighted a simple aspect of Donna Haraway’s test: Once the competition is set aside, collaboration takes over and allows making oddkin.