the plantation brought me mother
(and the acrylic house of illusions)

The Plantation brought me mother (and the acrylic house of Illusions) responds ‘to the life that died, so that I could call this into existence’ inscribed on its transparent facade, a product of standardization and highly financialized consumerism. At the heart of this acrylic house, the labor of the Red Wriggler earthworms and soil mites becomes “invisible to both ourselves and others, and the images we rely on to endow our speculative existence with meaning.” Buried at the core are the biological remains of my Mother, a form of agentic spec(ulative) tech represented by a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.

Contained by “fragments of a fragile and impermanent social reality” the technology, Camellia sinensis, becomes an entity made visible and sensationalized through “ambiguous algorithmic interfaces making inhumane working conditions invisible to speculative consumers and laborers.”

(this project statement exists inside of a container that is responding and rearranging Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou’s “Speculative Communities” and Friedrich Nietzsche‘s “On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense” in the form of a monument of illusions)

Ideation sketches :

How can a container act as an ecosystem and support the life inside it?

Installation Sketch :         

Installation View :

Exhibition View :

Entropy : MFA / BFA Design and Technology Thesis Show, 2023
Installation and Exhibition View photo credit : Martin Seck

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