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LIVING ARTEFACTS – Špela Petric, I, Ficus

In western thought, plants are often perceived as simple beings that can be fully comprehended and subsequently controlled or managed. Planetary crisis has brought about a critical need to reconstruct our relationship to plants, and to redress the ontological flattening in which plants and the statistical human essentially become equal. As a response to these urgencies, Špela Petric’s PLANTMACHINE series insistently intensifies the relationship between information technology and plants.

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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