Searching for Stipa: sýning og málþing í Gautaborg 10.11.

Searching for Stipa: Where can a single plant take you?

Artwork by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson



Faculty of Education, Gothenburg University, Pedagogen Hus B.

Symposium: 09:00 – 15:30

Opening: 18:00 – 20:00

Research Project: Beyond Plant Blindness: seeing the importance of plants for a sustainable world

Funded by The Swedish Research Council (2015-2017)


Removing plants from the human view makes it easier for us to exploit them but so reduces our ability to see into their worlds; how might taking a different view improve our understanding and sensitivity to the lives of plants?

The tapestry shows the complex structures of a grass seed Stipa pennata. Under the supervision of the artists Bryndís and Mark, a scanning electron microscope at Chalmers University of Technology was used to image the seed in twenty-nine detailed sections. The artists then meticulously assembled the scans as one image, using Photoshop. From this single file, the tapestry was digitally woven in wool, in Norway, with the support of Jon Pettersen and Kristina Aas.

In view of increasing species extinction, the world can no longer afford our citizens to see ´nothing´ when they look at plants, the basis of most life on earth. The team of researchers in this project, Dawn Sanders, Eva Nyberg, Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson and Bente Eriksen believe that conducting research in order to understand how we can move beyond plant blindness is imperative for a sustainable world.

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