Organized by Quo Artis and PiNA (Associazione Culturale Educativa Pina), the event consisted of a morning of conversations and a multidisciplinary inquiry into the principles of zöonomic methodology, multispecies urbanism, and more-than-human commoning, culminating in the presentation of Roots & Seeds' Guidelines for an Emotional Cartography of a Garden and a walk through the surrounding meadows.
In the third dissemination of Roots and Seeds, THE FERAL PALACE: MULTISPECIES DESIGN PROGRAM and QUO ARTIS: GUIDELINES FOR EMOTIONAL GARDEN CARTOGRAPHY, we reflected on the biodiversity emergencies, their anthropogenic impacts and multispecies urbanism, the intersection of art and science as the main platforms for raising awareness on these topics.
In the initial part, co-founder of Krater creative laboratory, Gaja Mežnarić Osole (Trajna Collective) and architect Danica Sretenović presented THE FERAL PALACE: MULTISPECIES DESIGN PROGRAM, introducing the principles of zöonomic methodology, multispecies urbanism, and more-than-human commoning as necessary foundations for designers' engagement with untamed sites in contemporary cities. The place of collective research became Krater, an abandoned construction site in Ljubljana, which was taken over by wild ecosystems. A collection of illustrations was also be presented, depicting surprising stories about the introduction of invasive plant species into Europe. Participants were be able to become botanists for one day and create their own herbarium.
After a joint ‘brunch’, Quo Artis presented Guidelines for Emotional Garden Cartography of a Garden, followed by a walk through the surrounding meadows, where we discovered the diversity of vegetation in the coastal zone, chose our plant and depicted it artistically. This was followed by a discussion on the origins of the choice of plants and the works of art created.
Images by Klemen Skočir