2009
Watercolor illustrations (720mm x 320mm, 380mm x 320mm)
In collaboration with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, illustrations by Sion Ap Tomos


The Growth Assembly is a collection of seven natural history illustrations from a future where plants are being genetically engineered to grow objects.

These illustrations form a conscious reference to the scientific tradition of botanical drawings by artists like Ernst Haeckel, who, before the backdrop of industrialization and before the dawn of Darwin, were cataloging the natural world as if it consisted of intricate living machines.

Contrary to this belief, the future use of biology for the production as living machines may fundamentally alter our idea of industrialization, introducing diversity and softness into a realm that is now dominated by standardization.

Once assembled, parts from the seven plants form a herbicide sprayer. It is an essential commodity used to protect these delicate, engineered horticultural machines from the older, more established nature.



Images
Exhibition view The New Atlantis at KMTemporaer Berlin (foreground: Antoine Renard)























Recursion
The House in the Sky
Growth Assembly
Leibniz Cocktail Conjecture
PowerPoints of the Far Future
Situated Sampling Set
Island Physics
The Society for Speculative Rocketry
Zero Park
Elsewheres
A History of Speculation
Seasons of the Void
The Golden Institute
The Currency of Living Matter
Camera Futura
The Tsiolkovsky Trick
Yesterdays Today
The Greatest Show is Leaving
Export to World
Forever Future
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