Practice 91. (Inter-Being)

 With the imminence of a mass sixth extinction, systemic racial inequity and this current second pandemic wave, how do we unlearn the idea of Nature and the Other(s) as distant and different from us??

 

This project is a 6-chapter proposition for one-on-one plant-to human interactions exploring an embodied understanding of interdependence*. Proposing this work as a multiplicity morphing with the passing of time each chapter invites humans to relate to black beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) through weekly  prompts that can be accessed digitally through this platform to be performed at domestic and exhibition spaces.

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Some vegetables and beans like Phaseolus Vulgaris L are self-pollinating** meaning they do not need the assistance of bees or other insects or the wind for pollination and the production of fruit.

Inter-Action 1

 

 

Eat a plate of black beans or any other self-pollinating* legume

As you chew imagine their purplish-black color

sliding down the folds of your esophagus.

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Pollen is required for a flower to produce fruit. Self-pollinating vegetables have what is called “perfect” or “complete” flowers because each individual flower contains both the male (anther) and female (stigma) flowering parts necessary for fertilization and fruit production. Pollen must pass from the anther to the stigma for fertilization to occur. 

 

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If self-pollinating vegetables are not producing fruits, you can help them along. When a self-pollinating plant is flowering you can simply give it a gentle shake or shimmy to help the pollen drop. You can also use a soft cotton cloth to fan the flowers—again helping the pollen to drop from the anther to the stigma.

Human's inter-Actions with Phaseolus Vulgaris L 

Human's inter-Actions with Phaseolus Vulgaris L  Chapter 4.