MA Program Contextual Design & Social Design
Design Academy Eindhoven
NL-5611 AZ Eindhoven
Having prepared back in February for a two-day, in-person visit to Eindhoven in March, I was pleased to engage with the MA students from DAE through an online seminar and subsequent public lecture. Within the pandemic circumstances of physical distancing and newly exposed perversities of supply chain capitalism, my talk "Herbarium Politicum" on the inherently political character of seeds, soils, and gardens was now more timely than expected: with a virus reminding us of biological connectedness and shared (albeit asymmetrical) vulnerability it seems that many urbanites otherwise not reliant on subsistence agriculture have recently taken up planting vegetables and/or gardening— whether as a welcome pastime while sheltered at home or as more conscious method towards a decelerated awareness for life's becoming. Reflecting on the prison gardens of political prisoners, as well as slaves, as spaces of care and survival suddenly took on an uncanny, quotidian resonance—beyond their otherwise particular and incomparable histories embedded in systemic violence and inequality. I thank Tim Roerig for the kind invitation and perfect organization as well as all attendants for their participation and feedback.