How do we – as human beings – perceive Nature? What does it mean to design by looking not only from the human point of view, but from a new hybrid perspective, built through different contaminations?
While thinking of the dignity of plants, I explored the ethics of the cohabitation. This project questions our idealised perception of Nature, in order to evoke a less anthropocentric vision of design.
To deal with the complexity of the topic, I have created a un/natural wild garden to explore how artificial scenarios can lead to a new situation, characterised by hybrid possibilities of cohabitation between the natural and the man-made, interweaving the analogies and differences between them. In addition to this, informative interviews with scientists allowed me to open up the conversation about the welfare of plants, with a specific focus on pine trees behaviour in monoculture. Manifesto series aimed to draw attention from the public and to shares the core of the theme. Finally, through a photographic series of imaginative compositions, I tried to highlight the ambiguity of all these divisions, by interweaving various elements that are usually associated to both the idea of the artificial and the natural.
© Minji Choi 2023