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Could you ever befriend a sea snail?

“I have not a clue whether we humans will live for another 100 or 10,000 years. We can’t be sure. What matters to me is the fact we have fallen out of a very ancient love affair – a kind of dream tangle, with the earth itself. If, through our own mess, that relationship is about to end, then we need to scatter as much beauty around us as we possibly can, to send a voice, to attempt some kind of repair. I think of it
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Diving out of my Umwelt

And here I was – out of my umwelt, first time ever properly and consciously feeling that I am not from this particular world. An alien. Out of space creature. A voyeur looking at private lives of other things – admiring their beauty and magic. The reality around me wasn’t “real” – I couldn’t relate to it with my senses in such a way how I could on the “dry land”, in the city. It felt as if I was wea
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Pigeons, Pigmy and PlanEt or trying to make sense of Multinatural Democracy: Part 3

Part 3: PlanEt One of the things which my colleagues and I in World Wilder Lab do is to try to understand signals coming from plants.We have constructed a device called PlanEt which in real time picks up action and variation potential (that is tiny voltages fired on cellular level inside plants – usually as a reaction to some sort of environmental stimuli). I am not a scientist. I am an artist with a very limit
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Pigeons, Pigmy and PlanEt or trying to make sense of Multinatural Democracy: PART 2

Part 2: Pigmy So why do I write about my Mum and pigeons? Well, the real answer is because I want to write about plants. For over two years now, together with two fellow artists Erik Overmeire and Ivan Henriques, under the catchy name of World Wilder Lab, we have immersed ourselves in a science of electrophysiology of plants, in order to be able to understand plants’ behaviour. Kind of slow and inanimate (hence there
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Pigeons, Pigmy and PlanEt or trying to make sense of Multinatural Democracy: PART 1

PART 1: PIGEONS My Mum is at war. Regularly she goes on a battle. Usually in the wee hours of the day. Or sometimes in the afternoon, cleaning up after enemies. Who is the enemy? Pigeons. And so it is my Mum vs….Pigeons. My Mum lives in a not very well known (although the once very important) Polish harbour city called Szczecin. Her flat is on fifth and top floor of the old communist block of flats, with a fantastic
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Air Quality Plus Residency and Event – few post event notes

Beings that inhabit the earth, (…), must also inhabit the air. Long neglected by thinkers whose overwhelming focus has been on the earthly grounding of dwelling, the air is not just an element we interact with, as we might with other things. it is the very medium that makes interaction possible. Without it, birds would plummet from the sky, plants would wither, and we humans would suffocate.(…)if the medium is a cond
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Playful Accidents with “Organic Cinema”

While working on various ways of attempting to visualise meaning of action and variation potential data taken from plants, one sometimes can face the data getting out of control. That has been registered obviously in our processing sketches and I must admit – looks rather splendid. More on World Wilder Lab website.
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Big waves

I have been involved in Protei (look up “Oil Compass”) in my past and now I also am a “member” of the OCP (OCP – ocean collaboration platform) initiative for sensing, exploring and cleaning oceans. One of the focus of these initiatives is mostly (and quite rightly) a development of open source/hardware tools/devices for ocean’s sensing, data gathering or oceans’ life healing and sustainability with
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Unstructured Red Muds

Africa is being sold. It is torn apart by greedy Americans and Chinese, and some african themselves who are not educated enough to be able to see all sides of the coin called capitalism. Sadly. Africa’s “privileged” knows the value of this amazing continent – its opulent richness and they sell it away for virtual non-existing currency so they can live like those in the “developed” world without much benefits to
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How to get to the soul of a plumber?

It is a very important question. It encapsulates everything I find important in what I do. In fact the answer to this question carries the whole sense of my existence. My faith in art is in stake here! So my faith in myself! While spending time with my beautiful Lebanese Gambian family I met Gary. Gary was a British Expat from deep corners of London’s East End. Gary was working for my Gambian sister – sorting o
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