Destabilising Common Grounds - Participatory Installation
How can we promote reciprocity after centuries of extraction of human and natural resources?
The coronavirus crisis exposed our societies’ vulnerabilities and the disastrous ecological implications of nurturing competition and hierarchy.
Destabilised Common Grounds is a set of performative installations and workshops revealing the wisdom of moss colonies. It invites a deep engagement with a fascinating community that we tend to overlook - mosses.
Mosses are uncompetitive, slow and extremely resilient. Moss can survive long stressed conditions in drought or freeze due to its colony structure and sensitivity to environmental changes. Moss colonies are a fascinating antithesis to human capitalist value systems.
This project investigates how the interaction with a biological entity activates kinship and introduces a shift in the meaning of value.
Audiences are invited to influence the moss’s climate and see the impact of their actions on the moss landscape’s condition in real-time. The participants’ interventions act as a metaphor and as a reflective tool to human and non-human relationships.
This project sees the vital link between society and ecology and proposes bio-entities as an aid for true reciprocity within communities and the biosphere.