In this article, Willimann/Arai would like to present a collage work consisting of the script of their lecture performance/video voice-over and screenshots, as well as several documentation photos of the workshop/lecture performance. The still images are taken every 20 seconds from the film work The gift exercise / Invitation 6: Sihlwald (Willimann/Arai 2021). This video captured a close shot of a situation in Sihlwald, Zurich, Switzerland in which a person was rubbing on the surface of a fallen spruce tree trunk which was eaten by a bark beetle, with paper and a pencil. At the end of the video, the person takes out the paper and shows a trace of the bark beetle. On the auditive level, the audience can hear the voice-over by Nina Willimann and Mayumi Arai reading the script of a lecture performance which is shown as a text work in this article. The script comprises a text collage created with writings by Nina Willimann and Mayumi Arai. The text in right-aligned format was originally written by Nina Willimann and the left-aligned text was written by Mayumi Arai. After they wrote each text separately, they created a text course and edited it together. They used alignment differentiation to show the two different contents of the texts instead of using their name on top of each text to make their identity less significant.
Willimann/Arai suggest that showing the overall process of this project through visual images, especially the frottage work, allows them to include the bark beetles’ voices as non-human actors and create a polyphonic narration.
Key Words more-than-human history: bark beetle, climate change, anthropocene, frottage, hospitality