The intervention tests the idea of a cooperative in which
trees and rivers are shareholders on an equal footing with
men. In this universe, the ecosystem is an industry,
photosynthesis has become a shared knowledge (a common
one) that mainly provides depolluting fungi with energy.
Humans derive their income from direct contributions they
can make to the ecosystem or pay a tax on the landscape
when they benefit more than they benefit from it...
At this stage, the primary focus is reciprocity and observation- to steer clear of the assumption that nature is there for humanity’s personal use and to develop a “symbiotic biomanufacturing proces”.
A model of a shelter whose structure is a birch branch
and the roof a mebrane of SCOBY (symbiotic culture of
bacteria and yeast); two bioproduced materials. This model
shows a "cultivated" architecture, a kind of
agro-architecture where houses would be grown. The
experiment included growing several leather like sheets of
"scoby" in the studio and testing structural
potential with real trees in the Texas forest.
As it turns out, plants have photosensitive pigments on
their surface and they can feel blue sky and move towards
light. So I kept the color blue for the prototypes.
Initially, I started making these sculptures I call “Mental Spaces” as a mean to create tools to think with your hand. The original ones where small bowl like shapes filled with an intense blue, meant to “hold” the ideas, allowing you to manipulate them.