She changes everything She touches and everything She touches changes (luna)
8 July 2019, Moire’s Catwalk, Toronto

This collaborative project with Faith La Rocque offered a conversational follow-up to our 2017 event, She changes everything She touches and everything She touches changes (Vanessa), both were hosted by Moire’s Catwalk.

Influenced by the Luna moth (Actias luna), the aim of this evening event was to embody a more sympathetic relationship to lepidoptera to consider possibilities of co-survival. To open lines of communication between our human-guests and the light-sensitive moths, we created UV and mercury bulb light sculptures; planted Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa); turned off our EMF-devices (cellphones etc...); wore silvery thermal safety ponchos; and ate a planty-dinner grown by local farmers aside moonshine cocktails infused with bee-balm.

Human-guests included members of the High Park Moth Study, landscape architects, a florist, artists, naturalists, and curators.

Thank you to all of our guests, particularly David Beadle and Taylor Leedahl for sharing their knowledge, and to Aryen Hoekstra and Chris Stopa.

Link to The Luna Reader--a compilation of moth-focused texts