20:20-20:50, Saturday 19th September 2020


Composer: The Hildegard Von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions

Collected by: Naomi Woo and Sophie Seita


The Minutes of the Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions transplants, re-roots, and propagates a queer, feminist gardening society founded by 12th century mystic and musician Hildegard von Bingen.


For Tête a Tête, the Society is preparing A Garden Variety, a collection of recipes and rituals  as scores for care, inspired by Hildegard’s own healing botanical cures. Throughout the festival, we will gather a community-created care-cookbook of domestic scores to share ways in which we look after ourselves and each other.


The collection is for activities of the home. Cooking, gardening, singing, sewing, crafting, and letter-writing…  These are the tools that queer and feminist communities have long recognised as vital for social connection and underground organising. And for Hildegard von Bingen these tools could soothe and sa(l)ve; they were balms for physical, artistic, and spiritual needs.


We will post online a new recipe-score every day throughout the festival. Taste it, test it, play with it.


Then write us a new one—a tip passed on from the neighbour’s garden, a baked treat from an ancestor’s recipe, a whispered instruction for your houseplants, or simply a little ritual from your day.


Share anything at all that might busy the hands, heal sore eyes, or feed the mind: as long as it may easily be done at home.


Our bodies cannot share space and sound and time this year. We cannot inhale the same droplets of air. Yet just as we look after one another with masks and six feet of distance, let us also do so by sharing activities of tending, mixing, mending, teaching, learning, making, writing, weeping, and singing.


If you have any questions, comments, scores to share, or information about the society, please don’t hesitate to contact us at hildegardsgardeningcompanions@gmail.com


All ages (mostly adults)


Produced by Sophie Seita & Naomi Woo


Venue: hopefully* The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH. 

*Read more here.




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Creators: Naomi Woo and Sophie Seita

Image Credit: Anna Atkins Chorda filum ca. 1853