COLONIZATION is EATING US UP: a WILD TEA PARTY
3:15, 4 PM
I will gather the edible wild plants growing around the park, explain what they are, and infuse them in water for tasting as WILD TEA MAGIC POTION. I will make a brief speech about the colonization of indigenous lands by settler societies, and the historical justification of these morally bankrupt actions. Colonization has an etymological relation to digestion, which I will draw upon in my speech, in order to make clear the truly hideous gluttony of our contemporary consumer society. I will challenge participants to take on a practice of occasional fasting, to remind us viscerally of our decisive power to choose decolonization actions over remaining subdued by the restrictive and destructive worldview into which we have all been systematically indoctrinated. This action seeks to disrupt our hegemonic complicity in the white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchal empire that we call “the beast,” in whose “belly” we are slowly being digested. Before each person tastes the WILD TEA MAGIC POTION offered them, I will ask them to make an oath about all this. At the close of the performance I will guide participants in the exchange of a short time listening to each other speak about any feelings that may have arisen from the experience.
Emcee C.M., Master of None, is Colin McMullan. He grew up in a homeschooling family, played outside a lot, worked at a Siberian village school, did odd jobs in NYC, and developed a practice of active public work, utilizing vehicles, play, conversation, publications, and food, often with a loose collective of the K.I.D.S., for which he has received institutional support from LMCC, IPG, CAG, ISCP, CUE, CBA, BBBP, ECAR, Eyelevel BQE, Smack Mellon, Skowhegan, Bronx Museum, Flux Factory, the Aldrich, Artspace, and I-park. He currently harvests tree sap and works on decolonizing his native Connecticut.