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Anthroponix (人類水培)

2017-2018 Participating households in Hong Kong and Eindhoven

  • Bio-pedagogic curriculum ‧ explorative work alliance ‧ participatory nutrients cycle ‧ ecohealth interactions

Supported by Design Trust (Hong Kong) and Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (可持續城市發展研究院), Creative Industries NL (Rotterdam), in collaboration with Timothy Jachna, Benson Law, Sarah Daher, Lai Kahang, Sophie Wunderlich, Eva & Anne von Strien, Thieu Custers, and Rosa Kuipers.

In a coordinated, biopedagogic effort, 22 households engaged in this ecohealth experiment. Over two months, the participants collected, fermented and monitored personal urine samples at home to fertilize basil, lettuce or waterspinach in a water-based growing solution. In these consequential human-to-plant nutrients passages, participants set out to close their personal foodloop and nurture plants that serve as living biomarkers of eating habits. Yet eventually they were confronted with transformative dynamics from the defamiliarization of self, meaning, and common experience.

Due to its pioneering ambition, Anthroponix failed hortitechnically and produced no edible outcome. Nonetheless, all participants stayed motivated throughout the project and were able to prosper in the unusual work alliance since it brought a diverse range of individuals into a vibrant continuity of self-discovery.

Small urine samples were fermented to grow plants and monitor eating habits.
The daily home routine was subject of this biopedagogic mobilisation.
Five bi-weekly workshops provided skills, props and support.
Urine fermentation was accomplished with sauerkraut brine and ensured odour control.
Workshops linked human integratively with plant wellbeing.
The urine-bred plants were grown indoors at participants' homes.
Eating patterns, body maintenance, and plant development was tracked in a Flourishing Journal.
The hortitechnical limitations spurred a strong working alliance and creative appropriations.
Biopedagogic Mobilisation
Biopedagogic mobilisation involved nutrients and oxygen supply from humans to plants.