Amicis Viventes (latin for Living Friends) is a practice-based research, exploring fictioning as a method for investigating non-human subjectivities.It was created as part of my thesis work at the Royal College of Art, London, 2020.Speculating that reality forms in the process of mutual identification, occurring in intersubjective encounters, Amicis Viventes sets out to use artistic practice to investigate the mechanisms by which we understand other subjectivities. As an axis for these investigations, it focused on the possibility of plant consciousness. By using individual and collaborative methods of fictioning, the work aims to break through the barriers of language, elicit connection and evoke a more inclusive, empathetic approach to all beings, human and non-human.As part of the research, the British Fantastic Naturalism Society (BFNS), granted me access to the previously unpublished and Historically disregarded documents of The Professor Archive, documenting the discovery of allegedly conscious botanical life forms, i.e. Holobiont Phytobiome Crosslife Beings (HPCB). Today, these materials, which include journal entries, letters, photographs, drawings and organic samples, are increasingly raising interest in scientific and scholarly circles, in relation to recent discoveries in plant behavioral studies.
the project on RCA research platform
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