Nothing of Importance Occurred
Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century
Angolan midwife at the Cape
Through research into European, African and Asian histories of plant contraceptive use, the project explores bodies of knowledge that would have flowed to the settlement at the Cape in the 17th century and informed the practice of Maaij Claesje, a midwife in the Slave Lodge.
Nothing of Importance Occurred is an artistic project comprising research, writing, radio, audio-essay and encounters. The project is led by the Company – the Wandering Womb, Orlando, Muriel, I the Ear and !midwif.
Practitioners, researchers, artists, writers and composers are itinerant guides and collaborators in the project.
My body is dissolving. Now, then and the future are blending. The plants are beings. The spirit is noisy.
The Company Prologue / Wendy Morris & Mariske Broeckmeyer / 2020
Spirit of Maaij Claesje, Guide
The Wandering Womb
Seeking Knowledge, Finding Voice
Emissary to the Past, the Typing Hand
Preternaturalist and Custodian of the Herbarium
I, the Ear
Listener for the Unsaid and the Unheard