This research derives from a conviction that plants can reestablish a central position in a landscape architectural discourse. It further contends that in order to do so, we must re-imagine our histories and materials, so as not to repeat the times, texts and tastes that currently dictate and limit our planted environment. By situating live matter as a series of layered experiences between physical engagement, photographic material and written provocations, the project draws on the traditions of scientific treatise and the conventions of display. Live matter is an ongoing research project, suggesting that the material under consideration is often obscured and that the field must find ways to contend with the visually concealed foundations of plant life.
Exhibition partner, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne [EPFL] with the generous support of Matthew Skjonsberg, Doctoral Researcher at Laboratory of Urbanism and Cyril Veillon, Director of Archizoom Gallery.
Images are copyright © 2016 by Ariel Huber