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Drawing from ethnobotanist Dale Pendell and anthropologist Eduardo Kohn to develop a methodology to represent beyond-human communication, in the mythopoetic tradition. Applying this to a semiotic construction of human and non-human relations, gauged in the "language of birds" – chance, fortune and pre-linguistic modes of communication, including dream. Identifying the body as the site of dreaming, and drawing from Georges Bataille to characterize the "lacerated body" as ritualistically cultured.
I am a Chinese/Irish artist, writer and doctoral candidate, with research interests in "anthropology beyond the human", ecstatic experience and anti-capitalist theory. I am influenced by forms of rejected knowledge including the occult as a feminist practice, dream theory, and animism. My interests are informed by my academic background in philosophy, and practices with visual arts, performance and creative writing.
Holmes, Rachel (2021) The Crow: Nameless Ones of the Dream Zone. In: Connole, Edia and Shipley, Gary, (eds.) Acéphale and Autobiographical Philosophy in the 21st Century: Responses to the "Nietzsche event". London, UK : Schism Press. pp. 125 - 150. ISBN-13 : 979-8524109163
Holmes, Rachel Adeline (2021) The Butterfly Dream. Glasgow, UK : Death of Workers Whilst Building Skyscrapers Press.