Botanycaring: Rethinking human-plants relationship through caring sensory interfaces  

Captura de Pantalla 2019-11-26 a la(s) 11.25.46 a. m.Botanycaring: Rethinking human-plants relationship through caring sensory interfaces  

Humans-plants relationship is known since ancient times. Nevertheless, our relationship with nature is everything but “natural” and it is an artificial construct derivative in dynamics of control focused in human well being, such as food, medicine, contemplation and even company. Botanycaring starts from a personal inquiring about our affective and intimate relationship with plants. What if we can extend our care and intimacy rituals to non humans like plants, using not only our rituals but our body sources?

This project draws a design approach to propose interfaces concepts for human body-plants rituals that re-think caring interactions between them.
Botanycaring discusses the need to design artifacts – meaning artificial – to re think our relationship with plants by changing its dynamics of power. Also, it looks forward to provoking questions and design explorations that ask about how we can design nature within ecologies of care, integrating the feminist perspective of care in techno-science thinking.In this spirit, an exploration of substances and human body–plants sensory artifacts was proposed. Botanycaring explores what happens if home plants dynamics.

1.Watering Tears: A face mask that collect human tears to water and clean plants. The mask can be used directly to water small plants through a serum cable or it can be storage in a perfume bottle with a spray dispenser.

2. Kidney Garden: An exo-kidney object that collect human urine and process it to water, and nitrogenate domestic plants. Is made or two plastic containers that resemble kidneys and a serum cable. Urine is full of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which are the nutrients plants need to thrive—and the main ingredients in common mineral fertilizers.

3. Seeding the Moon: An artifact that allows you to sync your menstrual cycle with the growing cycle of a plant. This is still in progress.

4. My life will be yours: A human blood transfusion object to nourish plants

5. More-than-human skincare: A “serum” for plants made of human urine (that contains nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and zinc) diluted in tears, this is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper.

  1. Human perfume fertilizer Pill: This a speculative piece that propose a pill that human can intake, then liberating chemical perfume that will act as nourishment and fertilizer for their own plant.

Project presented at the Sixth Biennial Design Science Symposium: Inclusive narratives from nature, at Rhode Island School of Design in September 2019

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Watering Tears: A face mask that collect human tears to water and clean plants.
BotanyCaring_KidneyGarden
Kidney Garden: An exo-kidney object that collect human urine and process it to water, and nitrogenate domestic plants. Is made or two plastic containers that resemble kidneys and a serum cable. Urine is full of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which are the nutrients plants need to thrive—and the main ingredients in common mineral fertilizers.
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Kidney Garden- body as gardener
Captura de Pantalla 2019-11-23 a la(s) 11.20.25 a. m.
Human perfume fertilizer Pill: This a speculative piece that propose a pill that human can intake, then liberating chemical perfume that will act as nourishment and fertilizer for their own plant.

 

 

Botanycaring_SeedingtheMoon
Seeding the Moon: An artifact that allows you to sync your menstrual cycle with the growing cycle of a plant and use menstrual blood as fertilizer in daily entourages. This is still in progress.
BotanyCaring_SkinCare
More-than-human skincare: A “serum” for plants made of human urine (that contains nitro-gen, potassium, phosphorus and zinc) diluted in tears, this is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper.

botany_trans_pinkCaptura de Pantalla 2019-11-26 a la(s) 11.20.29 a. m.

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