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 the work of Wendy Morris and the Company – the Wandering Womb, Orlando, Muriel, I the Ear and !midwif.
Practitioners, researchers, artists, writers and composers are valued guides and collaborators in the project.
My body is breaking up. My body-is-breaking-up, and each sense, each organ, is going out to work.
The Dissolving / 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