mari mutare embraces our own otherness, mixing bodies and rubbing up categories in a wet lab through transhackfeminist practices (experimenting with one's own body) and from hacker philosophy (open protocol, appropriating legitimised and hermetic knowledge). In this part of the process in conncret, mari mutare investigates biocompatible prostheses as a proxy for consituative vegetal alterity in ourselves [Marder. 2013], with the intention to provoke a change in human subjectivity beyond anthropocentric difference (human exceptionalism).
Theoretically, enquiries into subjectivity in emerging feminist studies are framed by the new feminist materialism rooted in the anti-Oedipal [Deleuze & Guattari, 1987], posthuman [Braidotti, 1999] and cybernetic [Haraway 1984; 1991] perspectives. The queer ecological and transhackfeminist perspective of mari mutare (here I refer to my inspirations "Transplant" by Quimera Rosa, "Housewives making Drugs" Mary Maggic, GynePunk Collective, "Humalga" by Spela Petric & Robertina Sebjanic) problematises the dichotomies of human/non-human and argues the denunciation of queer as "unnatural" [Mortimer-Sandilands & Erickson, 2010] from the new material feminism [Schnabel, 2014].
Between hopenpunk (from the chapter Camille Stories and the Children of Compost, "Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene" by Donna J. Haraway, 2016) and plant horror [Dawn Keetley, 2016] this research project also seeks to look at the effects of synthetic biology on the rebellious body [Hester, 2018] while seeking to be radically kind to the 'other' and our own otherness.
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 is influenced by new material feminism, transhackfeminism and biohacker philosophy. It opens up scientific protocols in order to create extensions of our flesh on vegetal scaffolds 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.