Trailing Ecological Alexithymia” addresses the concept of ecological alexithymia, a term coined by the artist to describe the difficulty in identifying and expressing emotions around ecology. 


In a series of plexiglass plates, engraved with the gradual growth of a slime mould expressed with text, the book is deconstructed into a work the reader can move around and in between. Three starting points of growth form three different stories with varying vernacular. From top to bottom, the stories go from the exploration of the taste, smell and touch of slime mould to the artists' experience of ecological alexithymia to the academic approach of the micoorganism. 


The reader has to get up close to be able to read the texts, needing a microscope to zoom in for legibility, mimicking the natural scale of slime moulds and questioning accesibility in literature. 


This interspecies literary artwork delves into the impact of language as a cultural phenomenon on the more-than-human organism and its mediation through literature. Through engaging with the slime mould physarum polycephalum as a cocreator, language and literary practice are recontextualized.

A picture of a yellow slime mould (physarum polycephalum) against a grey backdrop. The microorganism branches out from the bottom left corner towards an oat flake and branches to the left and right from there. On the right side of the growth, there is a cloudlike shape. Overlapping the yellow organism is a black text, following the growth.

Adrift, A Shift

June 29th - July 6th

Willem Twee Kunstruimte
Boschdijkstraat 100, 5211 VD 's-Hertogenbosch