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Down-to-Earth

Lydia Meester

lmees001@gold.ac.uk

The modern human has been separated from nature; human intelligence and sanitisation has created a division between ‘the civilised’ and ‘the natural.’

What if we redefined ourselves as natural and wild beings? If the divide between nature and humanity was non-existent? If human intelligence became tantamount to a plant’s biological intricacies? Down-to-Earth is an exploration and reflection of these questions.

Inspired by Timothy Morton, author of The Ecological Thought and Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World, and drawing upon notions of utopia, dystopia, and eco-sexuality, the series demonstrates a playful yet radical re-thinking of humanity’s relationship to nature in response to the mass degradation of Earth’s resources and disconnect from the natural world.

The series builds an idealised future whereby humans have reclaimed their place in the interconnectedness of Earth’s ecosystems, where the divide between ‘intelligent’ and non-sentient organisms is erased, and an entanglement of humans and plants becomes the transition from an anthropocentric worldview to a manifestation of object-oriented ontology.

Down-to-Earth simultaneously illustrates the dystopic scenario of sacrificing human consciousness to support the lives of plants; a call for humans to return to the natural world for the sake of all life on Earth.