By distancing ourselves from plants and denying their autonomy, we jeopardize a true sense of human identity, situatedness, and responsibility. Only in the company of others do we arrive at the true sense of our own personhood and ecological identity. The risk we run by ignoring the personhood of plants is losing sight of the knowledge that we human are dependent ecological beings. We risk the complete severance of our connections with the other beings in the natural world—a process which only serves to strengthen and deepen our capacity for destructive ecological behavior. This is humanity’s worst type of violence.

Plants as Persons by Matthew Hall (2011)



As plants are symbolically threaded through all forms and varieties of human culture, our subconscious seems to be aware of their significance to the extend bounded off by our changing notion of nature. Much of what we perceive as nature today is merely a simulation designed by people. And in fact, our very technological progress was traditionally created to protect us from the forces and unpredictability of nature. Now we find ourselves in the midst of possible unreparable damage to our environment.

Can conscious awareness of our current view on plant life, that still follows the scala naturæ in seeking to find order and relationship in the biological world, bring cultural change in our perception of and our relationship with plants and nature? Is the term 'nature' still adaptable to our environment?


Plants can be considered to be social participants and players in society. Euro-western culture largely ignores the many roles that plants play in society. It’s been called “plant blindness” (1998 Schussler and Wandersee), an “inability to see or notice plants in one’s environment.” Plants are not much more than background foliage in our busy lives or even expendable. That non-human nature is part of society is foreign to Euro-western thought. Ever since the Enlightenment, the dominant Euro-western worldview has seen the human as the supreme species, leaving the rest of the world as resources to exploit.

Sarah Elton (2021)


Silencing Nature is an evolving interdisciplinary project (started in 2020) questioning the anthropocentric and traditional formal logic with which we, Euro-western societies, view and control plant life. Our plant economy is pushing forward technical approaches to natural processes disregarding balances in ecosystems. Plant consumerism puts value on ownership and artificiality whilst pushing nature reserve knowledge and appreciation further from our culture.

This project is aiming to find new spaces and pathways based on contemporary botanical philosophy, ethics and science through photography, video, found footage and installation to alter conscious confrontation with our relationship to plants.


The whole history of botany seems to be permeated with the idea that plants are somewhere at the bottom of the ladder of existence. Experts tirelessly emphasise the simple structure and vegetative functions of the plant. Our conventional way of looking at plants is failing. Plants can no longer be described as passive beings in an obvious contrast to animals. Plants do not form a backdrop for humans and animals, but control life from top to bottom. Plants are endowed with experiences, aspirations and intelligence, in their own way.

Norbert Peeters – botanical philosopher

(video)-stills / photographs / disrupted digital files / scans / text / research sources and found footage

"Aeolis Palus, between Peace Vallis and Aeolis Mons" Inspired by Nasa's “Veggie-Project“ / research in growing vegetables in space for the colonisation of Mars
mutilated rubber tree leaf
X-ray of frozen plant samples
X-ray of layered bacterial cellulose mats Though bacteria are not plants early scientists wanted to classify bacteria under the plant kingdom becaus of their similarities with plants, modern scientists classify bacteria under their own kingdom Monera.
bacteria on paper (20 minute press)
future fossils plant samples iced in take-away food packaging
plant samlpe defrosted in melting water
photograph of an 18 minute installation breath of 683 Medicago sativa sprouts (also known as Alfalfa these plants can grow up to a metre, live more than 20 years and 0,623 acre can feed three horses for a year
Medicago sativa sprouts- growing sculpture Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) appears to be the only forage crop which was cultivated before recorded history a distinction that limits the accuracy with which its origin can be deduced.



article on Phllippinian -plantdemic-
What if we use trees to light our streets instead of electric street lamps? (Biologist Anthony Evans on inserting genes from bioluminescent bacteria into a species of flora as a first step to creating glowing trees.)
Relying on her affinity for plants, Mrs. Hashimoto looks forward to an actual conversation with her cactus (1970's)
dead plants // Multi-sensory EmotiPlant interaction levels 2016 (Angelini, Caon, Caparrotta, Abou and Mugellini)
a plant attached to a polygraph
light by night // light pulsing backlight
Veggie project - NASA
leaf stone schell
schientific proof of life in plants video stills - Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose by Pijush Bose in 1958
Barcelona's Liceu Grand Theatre - musicians from the uncoushe UceLi Quartet played 'Crisantemi' by Puccini for an audience of plants that were later donated to hospitals as a thak you for their work during the pandemic (june 2020)
disrupted digital file of flower photography
layered negative scans of a rubber plant leaf
plant reacting to human emotions measured in electrical energy pulses
plant silhouettes
iced strain
maple leaf foraged in 2020 // Physalis flower foraged in 2019
synthetic plant
seed / death
FAO - Seeds of Life / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Study to plants warning each-other for a caterpillar attack.
chestnut leaf foraged in 2019
A study of one cabbage plant reacting to the other cabbage plant being destroyed - the cabbage plant that survived measured a stress reaction to the perpetrator re-entering the room at a later time (from The Secret Life of Plants / Walon Green 1978)
A dandelion seed has the farthest travelling passive flying structure in the plant world, flying up to 100 kilometres