The human/vegetal hybrid symbolises the nature/culture continuum, rubbing up categories of gender and species. Following a speculative design methodology, the project aims to tackle human exceptionalism through a living ornament that challenges subjectivity, the very root of Selfhood with semi-living objects.
From hybrid ornament to limb, this creative process opens up DIY scientific protocols in order to create extensions of our flesh on vegetal scaffolds and digital filters in order to confront us with our own vulnerability, the (vegetal) otherness within.
Mari mutare, also tackles how we consciously perceive the “others” through an object that aims to move us away from the assumed humanist “I”. It aims to confront the "otherness" in us. This object is conceived as a semi-living entity. From prosthesis to limb, the Equally, Mari mutare inquires the potential of media bio-practices as knowledge-making tools in order to overcome human exceptionalism and its political implications.
Between hopepunk and plant horror this research undertaking likewise strives to look at the impacts of synthetic biology on the rebellious body while striving to be brutally kind to the 'other'. For this endeavour, the project investigates the otherness within through biocompatible prostheses and digital ornaments as a proxy for constitutive vegetal alterity. The aim is to arouse a shift in human subjectivity beyond the anthropocentric difference.