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Hello Plant! A Terrestrial Workshop: The DIY Version

05 July 2021

On the occasion of Earth Day 2021, 22 April, Lobke Meekes and Irene Urrutia developed the workshop Hello Plant! This blog post presents the results, including a Do It Yourself version of the workshop. Every day can be Earth Day!

Introduction
In this 16’ video you will find the introductions by Irene Urrutia and Lobke Meekes.

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Further reading

If you want to know more, check out one of the books that Irene and Lobke recommend:
Aristotle, De Anima. 
Jeffrey T. Nealon, Plant Theory. Biopower & Vegetable Life, 2016. 
Val Plumwood, Ecofeminism and the Mastery of Nature, 1993. 
Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari, Radical Botany, 2019.
Daniel Chamovitz, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses  (Updated and Expanded
Edition 2017)
Roman Krznaric, The good ancestor: how to think long term in a short-term world 
Roman Krznaric (NL vertaling 2021), De goede voorouder. Lange termijn denken voor een korte
termijn wereld
Andrea Wulf, De uitvinder van de natuur. Het avontuurlijke leven van Alexander von Humboldt 
Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia 
Bruno Latour, The Parliament of Things

DIY Plant Ritual

If you want to recalibrate your relationship with the natural world starting by your plants, or if you just need a break and want to slow down a bit, you can now do the DIY Plant Ritual. It can be done in the sole company of a plant. We invite you to share the results on Instagram. Elsewhere on this page you will find some outcomes of the collective version that was celebrated on 22 April 2021.

Some guidelines
Make sure that you have a pen or pencils and paper nearby. You may also want to take some pictures. The video takes about 10 minutes in total, but we advise you to take it in your own tempo by pushing the pause button whenever an assignment is suggested, and play when you’ve finished it. Don’t forget to put on your audio, so that you won’t miss the meditation.
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Plant Ritual - DIY Version

Introductions of the participlants

Participants of the online workshop 'Hello Plant' introduced themselves and their plant in the chat and told about their relationship with their plant. Interested in what they had to say? In these two movies and pdfs you will be introduced to some beautiful creatures and gain some insight in human-non-human relations.
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Participants of the online workshop 'Hello Plant' (22 April 2021) introduce themselves
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Participants of the online workshop 'Hello Plant' (22 April 2021) about their relationship with their plant

Actions for Earth Day

Share your actions

We would love to see your pics and actions at Insta or elsewhere: @ArtEZstudiumgenerale #HelloPlant!
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Bye Bye Daffodil! (video by Astrid Rass)
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Plants May Respond... (video by Mirjam Zegers)

Hello Plant! A Terrestrial Workshop

By Irene Urrutia, Mexican-Canadian curator and researcher, and Lobke Meekes, visual artist and master’s student Education in Arts, ArtEZ Zwolle


workshop22 Apr '21