H0 Institute, Zurich
Within the framework of H0 Institute we invited participants to a lunch (Cross-Species Survival Lunch) and a workshop (Practicing Cross-Species Survival) to investigate the interwoven, symbiotic mode of living across species for a common-oriented life. Facing current ecological problems accompanied by uncertain futures, the goal was to playfully investigate and design alternative ways of relating to and living with plants.
We looked into plants survival strategies, used them as an inspiration for alternative scenarios of living and being together and discussed and speculated about alternative social and value practices. It was an attempt to shift the mode of using ecological environments for human benefits only to force a cohabitation that considers all needs and overcomes the unequal distribution of power and exploitation.
Can we redesign our society by using plants social behaviour as inspiration and how do we build social relationships among cross species? What organisational forms are necessary to collectively survive among cross-species? How can we build an interwoven and commonoriented life that considers all needs? The outcome of the lunch and the workshop were well-fed participants, discussions, dancing, prototypes, storytelling and/or role plays.
Image 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10 by H0 Institute
Image 4, 5, 8 by RIBL
Hackers & Designers, Amsterdam
Neuhaus by Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam