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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Chapter 6.

 

Inter-action 1:

 

It has been more than 100 days since planting these beans

(Phaseolus Vulgaris L).

Carefully harvest the bean pods without spoiling them*.

 

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Domestication is a co-evolutionary process that occurs when wild plants and animals are brought into cultivation by humans. It began about 12,000 years ago and resulted in new species that we now depend on for food and clothing. Black beans were domesticated about 8,000 years ago. The massive harvesting of black beans along with other legumes has radically transformed the way nitrogen is fixed in the soil. (For more information on the nitrogen-fixing role of black beans, see Chapter 3).

 

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The beginning as the end

The end as the beginning

Yesterday as today

Today as tomorrow

The seed as flower

Nothingness and everything 

In the palm of your hand

Human's inter-Actions with Phaseolus Vulgaris L  Chapter 6.