[Audio Described] Ayesha Tan Jones, Into the Eartheart Walk, conversation, exchange

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory
5th & 6th December 2020
Online at themind.fish

The Understory of the Understory is the fourth instalment in an ongoing series of festivals on consciousness and intelligence across species, part of the Serpentine’s General Ecology project. With The Understory of the Understory, we go to that place which is simultaneously ground, land, soil and Earth, that is to say, the place where diverse species come together, collaborate, communicate and constitute one another but also where complex systems of redistribution of toxicity, logics of extraction and geopolitics meet.

Ayesha Tan Jones
Into the Eartheart – a walk, a conversation, an exchange

Ayesha Tan Jones and Kostas Stasinopoulos take a walk among ancient trees, atop webs of mycelium and the matrix of the earth itself. Soft hands plunging into soft clay, sculpting sounds with their voice, Tan Jones invites us into their portal. They share melodies and insight from their debut EP, EARTHEART.

Ayesha Tan Jones’ work is a spiritual practice that seeks to fuse activism and art to present an alternative, queer, optimistic dystopia. They work through ritual, meditating through craft, and building forms from their dreams. Tan Jones approaches activism through art, creating diverse, eco-conscious narratives that aim to connect, enthral and induce audiences to think more sustainably and ethically. Traversing pop music, sculpture, alter-egos, digital image and video work, Ayesha sanctifies these mediums as tools in their craft. Tan Jones is the co-founder of Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club, a physical and meta-physical self defence class for women, non binary people and QTIPoC, combining Brazilian JuJitsu and magical/medicinal herbalism to create a holistic approach to self defence. Through community ritual and collective healing, the energy created at SSFC is powerful and creative. Fertile Souls is their community apothecary and survival skill share community which they founded. YaYa Bones is their musical alter ego. Selected recent commissions/exhibitions include: Shanghai Biennale (2021) Athens Biennale (2021) Serpentine Galleries, London (2019) IMT Gallery, London (2019) Mimosa House, London (2018), ICA, London (2018-2020) Cell Project Space, London (2018) Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018) Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2016-17).




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