Within the framework of Neuhaus 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.
Video Michaela Lakova
How can we interact with plants without only “using” them?
What are the simple rules by which the complexity of living together can arise?
Does hierarchy emerge from a set of simple rules?
Sleep more under trees!
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Hackers & Designers, Amsterdam
H0 Institute, Zurich