Artists, Writers, Musicians, and More Explore the Intersections of Art and Ecology

Adam Chodzko, “O, you happy roots, branch and mediatrix” (2020), screen 2, two-channel video, Hildegard von Bingen’s lingua ignotae, and image recognition algorithm (image courtesy the artist)

In the last few years, the humanities have seen a marked shift in interest towards nonhuman forms of intelligence. The recent “vegetal turn” in eco-philosophy and curatorial practice, for example, attempts to recognize the central but overlooked cultural and ecological presence of plants and to find imaginative ways of engaging with them. The upcoming exhibition The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree at Camden Art Centre, London, looks likely to be a high point on this trajectory towards using creativity and criticality to reveal and correct a modern tendency towards what scientist Monica Gagliano has called “plant blindness.”

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