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What is Being With Plants?

Being with plants is a speculative design project to rethink the relationship between urban citizens and plant-based food through everyday practice includes growing, cooking, eating, and other possible relations. Being with plants is aiming to raise awareness about plants and trigger discussions about possible future human-plant relationships. This project is an example to explore human-plant relationships from a de-anthropocentric perspective in the field of speculative design. The purpose of this research project is to re-see, re-connect with plants, and re-imagine, re-construct the future human-plants possibilities.

With a series of plants related practices, this project has been zoom in to domestic small-scale potato growing activity and zoom out to human-plants relations. In my approach, storytelling and fabulation are combined with science facts and bodily experience.

The 'being with plants' project intends to work with the following research questions:

How to explore human-plant relationships in a future highly urbanism circumstance?


-How to see plant growing practice as a design method to enter human-plants entanglement?

-How to materialize plants' activity in a human-understandable form?

-How to raise awareness of plants from a de-anthropocentric view?

-How to construct potential human-plants realities through storytelling?

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