We have started ECOLOGIES OF INTIMACY: BORDERS a project nurtured by several programs, actors and sites with a common approach. Borders and frontiers are very common in our way of establishing relations with the world: from our skin to geographical, social and geopolitical considerations. In between and inside, multiple scales are organized according to what we understand as borders.

Instead of the place where something ends, we will understand borders as the place where multiple and different things have the opportunity to come together, the opportunity to be in touch. Here, boundaries are thick and they are studied as meeting places. This project locates puts life at its core, and seeks knowledge, actions and transformative projects to react to the climate emergency. ECOLOGIES OF INTIMACY: BORDERS is developed in the intertwining of research, actions with different actors, situated dynamics and pedagogical programs. The first pedagogical program BIO CONSTRUCTIONS AT CAPE GRECO is located at the University of Cyprus and it will be developed together with Anastasia Angelidou and with the advice and collaboration of the NGO Enalia Physis. The core of this program is to really know each other: We will get to know the dynamics and processes of non-human organisms like corals, vermetids or calcareous algae in order to learn from them and in order to co-design together an environment in which different species, we can support each other.

The work will be develop in the coastal area of Cape Greco where we will be mapping and studying the location and systems of these organisms in the coast. Here we can study the borderline in between earth and sea in close relationship with the dynamics that are affecting the corals and marine life in general in Cyprus as a consequence of the human behaviour and pollution or climate change. Corals and other marine organisms are particularly relevant when we come to talk about borders as a place of encounter as these organisms overcome any taxonomy. Mineral, animal and vegetal realms come together in corals, feminine and masculine make no sense with them, as they can be non-binary and their relationship with tides makes them to be more connected with the moon than with the earth.

Limits and borders as we think about them cannot be easily applied to corals.