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Part of Post-Growth (Na de groei)

LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM

[HUMAN LABOR TO FOSSIL FUEL CONVERSION UNITS]

This artistic provocation seeks to estimate the orders of magnitude of critical ecosystem services, which are fundamental to all planetary life processes. It is common to describe our relationships with society, the world, and the biosphere with metaphors from economics, which has specific understandings of value. Today’s prevailing economic conventions are unable to recognize the intrinsic value of the ecosystems of the ecosystems on which all life depends. In cultures overdetermined by concepts from economics, we are left without adequate discursive instruments to socially or politically address the importance of the ‘ecosystems contribution’ to life on Earth.

 

This experiment consists of 1 square metre of wheat, cultivated in a closed environment. Critical inputs such as water, light, heat, and nutrients are measured, monitored and displayed for the public. This procedure makes palpable the immense scale of the ‘ecosystems contribution,’ and provides a speculative reference for a reckoning of the undervalued and over-exploited ‘work of the biosphere.’

Credits:
Conception: DISNOVATION.ORG, Baruch Gottlieb
Web Developer: Jérôme Saint-Clair
Prototype Developers: Vivien Roussel, Thomas Demmer
Production: iMAL (BE)
Coproduction: Biennale Chroniques (FR)

 


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