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.