NAGA BUAH: An Ecofeminist Music Project by Kodi Twiner
NAGA BUAH is a creative exploration of ecofeminism in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene. Ecofeminism is an intersectional philosophy articulating the oppression of women and nature as a result of capitalist patriarchy, and calls for an end to all oppressions, arguing that no attempt to liberate women (or any other oppressed group), will be successful without an equal attempt to liberate nature. This research investigates the mind/body dualism, women’s association with the body, and the resulting marginalisation of women in the music industry.
Through the artistic research paradigm, this research examines the embedded-ness of humans in nature, and of art practice in social context. In response to the challenges of the Anthropocene, this research asks how songwriting, zine-ing and performance art can creatively explore themes of ecofeminism to fundamentally alter humans’ relationship with the planet.
This research draws on diverse viewpoints within ecofeminist scholarship to build a conceptual platform for the creative outputs. The creative components draw artistic influence from contemporary, multidisciplinary musicians who explore political themes through their practice.
Conceptualised as a live performance and presented as nine original songs, with program notes formatted as a zine, this Honours research is the first phase of a broader creative project, NAGA BUAH. This project brings ecofeminism into new dialogue with music practice and embodies the ecofeminist notion of ‘radical scholarship’ in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene.