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Floral Being

Radishes, Chard, Beetroot, Plastic piping, Copper piping, Water pump, Water, Earthenware Ceramic Lamp shade and LED full spectrum grow bulbs, Pond, Reeds, Algae, Soil, Plastic boxes, Compost, Extraction Fans, Tv monitor and single channel video (4 Minutes).





We as humans are not independent, we are collaborators. The neurotransmitters in our brain communicate with our ‘Gut Flora’ in our gastrointestinal tract, creating a collective intelligence. ‘Floral being’ is a practical experiment that explores methods of food production whilst using the symbiotic relationship between the Brain and these 'Gut Flora' as inspiration. These relationships have occurred without humans for millennia but ‘Floral being’ will attempt to intertwine our stories to the Earth and highlight deeply entangled ecological relationships with other species and non-human entities. This systems purpose is to not just create food for our consumption but to build a system where coexistence is at the forefront.
                                



Floral Being consists of three parts Wetlands,Growth and the Algae Bioreactor;

The Wetlands is a water filtration and storage system that processes carbon and other nutriets.

The Algae bioreactor will cultivate micro algae called Chlorella. The Chlorella will be used for fertiliser in the hydroponic system and also for processing CO2, which algae can convert to O2 in high quantities.

Growth absorbs all the nutrients from the feriliser in order to grow a variety of vegetables hydroponically.





                                 
Installation View. Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. Photo by Jules Lister.