Merilyn Fairskye (AU), Suzanne Treister (UK), Melanie Bonajo (NL), Joe Hamilton (AU), Robyn Stacey (AU), Dornith Doherty (US), Renata Buziak (AU), Janet Laurence (AU), Anais Tondeur (FR)
Through varied applications of photographic processes, Planetary Gardening explores the symbiotic relationships between the cultural and the chemical, the organic and the technological, and the agency of human and non-human actors.
Ever since practices of cultivating and domesticating plants and animals for consumption, trade, and aesthetics began over 12,000 years ago, our planet has been shaped by human activity. Over time this cultivation compulsion has compounded, complexified, accelerated, and expanded, turning in on itself to encompass the whole earth and generating the ‘collective existential mutations’ noted by Felix Guattari, who identifies three ecologies threatened by these mutations – the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.
Together the works gathered in Planetary Gardening examine the means by which artists have attended and tended to these ecological spheres, through their engagements with material properties and representations of botanical specimens and unnatural landscapes. (text from website)
Details of all images can be found here: http://hemera-collective.com/planetary-gardening/