SYMBIOTIC TACTICS (2013-2016)
Symbiotic tactics is a postdoctoral project financed by the Swedish Research Council, and involved three different institutions internationally: Konsftack, the school of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm Sweden where I hold a senior lecturer position, the Multidisciplinary Institute of Vegetal Biology in Cordoba, Argentina, and the African Centre for Cities in Cape Town, South Africa.
The project was structured through four subprojects, three in Argentina and one in South Africa, a collaboration with Henrik Ernstson’s Ways of Knowing Urban Ecology. Each of these were developed to enact responses that dealt with socio-ecological issues at specific scales, ranging from the intimate interactions with infectious diseases to detached relations with agricultural industry.
The projects are design-driven and developed through a speculative and ideational practice that aims at making explicit alternative versions of the present/near future, becoming an experimental platform to reimagine aspects of everyday life. The project was particularly critical of systems that support anthropocentric praxes, becoming ethically exclusive from a biological perspective. The working titles for the three projects in Argentina were: Doomestics, Dispersal Machines, and Spices/Species.
Scorpion, Tityus trivittatus
Detail, models for dispersal of parasited eggs.
Detail, test with degradable package of seeds of Passiflora caerulea.
Overview, main scales of interaction acknowledged in the designs.