“Life Support System” by Nicolas Maigret, Jérôme Saint-Clair, Baruch Gottlieb, Maria Roszkowska

  • ©, Nicolas Maigret, Jérôme Saint-Clair, Baruch Gottlieb, and Maria Roszkowska, Life Support System


    Life Support System

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Artist Statement:

    Hacnum Exhibition. Various locations, May 16 – 21

    Ecosystem Services Estimation Experiment

    This artistic provocation seeks to estimate the orders of magnitude of critical ecosystem services fundamental to all planetary life processes.

    It is common to describe our relationships with society, the world, and the biosphere with metaphors from economics, which has specific understandings of value. Today’s prevailing economics conventions are unable to recognize intrinsic value of the ecosystems on which all life depends. In cultures overdetermined by concepts from economics, we are left without adequate discursive instruments to socially or politically address the importance of ecosystem contributions to life on Earth.

    This experiment consists of 1 square meter of wheat, cultivated in a closed environment. Critical inputs such as water, light, heat, and nutrients are measured, monitored and displayed for the public. This procedure makes palpable the immense scale of ecosystem contributions, and provides a speculative reference for a reckoning of the undervalued and over-exploited “work of the biosphere.”

    Conception: Disnovation.Org, Baruch Gottlieb
    Web Developer: Jérôme Saint-Clair
    Hardware Developers: Vivien Roussel, Thomas Demmer
    Installation, 1m2 Of Automated Cultivation, Led Grow Lights, Camera, Live Video Streaming
    Production: Imal (Be) | Coproduction: Biennale Chroniques (FR)

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