Suspended between the mundane and the miraculous

The Fieldguides are in planning and will be a series of small, single-essay chapbooks. These will be word-of-mouth essays to be read at gatherings of collaborators and audiences brought together around the project Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century enslaved Angolan Midwife at the Cape.

The Fieldguides have a dual purpose. They are generators of collaborations, which is to say that they are the means to invite in researchers and practitioners – the guides – to beam light onto the investigation from multiple angles – historical, anthropological, experiential, ethnobotanical, literary. They are also the place in which the investigation is worked into experimental writing / try-outs / works-in-progress by artistic collaborators in the project.