Can taking non human perspectives (ie- inspired by nature) allow for non linear and anticolonial narratives? Could these inspire new policies?



Jill van Grinsven’s project attempts to offer non-human centric responses to policy making. Together with the Belgian political party Groen, she worked on a visual essay and poetry proposing non linear readings of mythologies from the perspective of the Kaulille forest, a belgium forest threatened to be destroyed. During this research programme- she asked who the tree was, before it was called a tree.

The outcome of van Grinsven’s investigation is a natural language inspired and driven by ‘nature’ with the hope that this can lead to breaking colonial myths of civilization outside of imperialist constraints defined by modern human language.

Jill’s film is now being shown to the public and policy makers of Groen to challenge the governmental decisions about the forest and its fate.