Roots & Seeds XXI

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The sustainability discourse has largely played out in the domains of natural sciences and technology, with recent contributions from the social and political sciences. However, our individual and collective actions have lagged behind and the actual problems of sustainability have become worse in the same period. The Roots & Seeds project addresses this topic. Roots & Seeds XXI. Biodiversity Crisis and Plant Resistance is an international cooperation project between Ars Electronica (AT), Leonardo-OLATS (FR), University of Barcelona (ES) and Quo Artis (ES) as lead partner, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

With this project, we propose that we can get better action and behavioral commitments to sustainability by using art and science practices, approaches, techniques and aesthetics to develop passion and emotional connection for sustainable organizing and living. The goal is to promote habits that take care of our environment and specifically our plants, contributing to our botanical literacy. Roots & Seeds XXI activities (residencies, workshops, forums, talks and exhibitions) serve the purpose of transnational circulation of cultural professionals, art production and research focused on the biodiversity crisis of the vegetal world. The project aims to reflect on the biodiversity emergency, analyzing from different perspectives the transformation, adaptation and resilience of the plants, while promoting the intersection of art and science as the main platform to raise awareness of these issues.

The project finished its open call in spring 2021, with Marit Miklepp being awarded the residency grant, and Posthuman Studies Lab and Laura Cinti receiving production awards. The resulting works are shown in this year’s theme-based exhibition.


Partners: Quo Artis (ES), Ars Electronica (AT), Leonardo/Olats (FR)
Funding scheme: Creative Europe
Duration: 1.10.2020—30.09.2022
Roots and Seeds XXI is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.