UdK Berlin Rundgang 2021

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Climate change, damage to the biosphere, ocean acidification, deforestation, waste pollution, destruction of biodiversity and much more threaten terrestrial life as we know it. In order to avoid the catastrophe, naturalness and artificiality are often negotiated with each other in our civilised world determined by culture and technology. In doing so, we appear as the artificial, technologised and cultural actors and often view the world around us as passive and primal. But these categories are obsolete. Nature and culture are rather constitutive of each other. Therefore, the question of their points of contact seems more exciting. Where do the border crossings take place? Where do the different structures interact? Where does the becoming together happen? Becoming in alliances? Who is infected with whom and what new assemblages emerge? A Thousand Seeds or the Right to Becoming deals with the infection of the seed with human culture , the catastrophes, the loss of biodiversity. Through his affectation with and fascination with human technological networks, he too became something else, stepping out of his apparent passivity and showing his own agency. By expanding his perception through contact with the drone and the parasitic use of the internet, he begins to control his dispersal. Observing the weather and communicating with each other enables trees and seeds to spread optimally, find the most favourable locations and intervene in selected landscapes to save their own and other species. And does with this agency also come the right to this development and can it be secured in the cultural network of patent law?

A Thousand Seeds or the Right to Becoming

Julius Führer

Taking the shore of an island as a boundary, it represents a conflict zone, an uncertain boundary, both geographically and psychologically. Being separated by the water shapes a limit and a definition. However, the space can be utilized and function as an active and connecting space. Two border-drawing-robot arms are placed on two different islands: Valentinswerder and Taiwan. The drawn line gets washed away by the water in a never-ending play. Both portray an individual story of the island and its connection to the mainland. Valentinswerder is a remote island that has a strong connection to Berlin due to its size and distance. Using the space as a connecting element. Despite forming an own system and home to the islanders the connection with the mainland is indispensable. Taiwan is separated from the mainland of China by the Taiwan strait, the shortest distance is only about 130 kilometers. For some people, the strait is a natural barrier that protects their independence. For others, it is just a gap, which cuts them off from the past. The relationship between Taiwan and China is still changing. As islanders, we can only constantly redefine our identity in the floating spectrum, like drawing lines in front of where we stand. To draw lines on the ground is a strong statement, sometimes it even looks like a rejection. The lines are our boundary, our defense, and our definition. In the intertidal zone, lines are wiped away by waves. Even though we all know this will happen, we still keep drawing.

Drawing Borders

Zoe Spehr