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The Scarlet Lily Beetle Sanctuary

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Thomas Laurien
Publicerad i "(Un)Common Worlds: Contesting the limits of human-animal communities", The Human-Animal Studies Conference, 7-9 August 2018, Turku, Finland
Publiceringsår 2018
Publicerad vid Högskolan för design och konsthantverk
Språk en
Länkar https://uncommonworlds.com/
Ämnesord shimmer, multispecies stories, artistic research, Environmental Humanities, posthumanism
Ämneskategorier Design, Konst


In the vein of Critical Animal Studies, and in line with the UN goal 15 on halt of biodiversity loss, this artistic research project is openly normative. Set in a gardening context it explores a particular bio entanglement with the aim of telling a multispecies story that questions the often taken for granted human centered list of allies and enemies. The project relies partly on fifteen years of amateur observations of a 1300 m² habitat of Martagon Lilies (Lilium martagon) and Scarlet Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii). These beetles are commonly understood as pest, and a responsible gardener is more or less obliged to kill them as a way to keep them out of the territory. As an act of resistance against thoughtless default killing the habitat has been turned into The Scarlet Lily Beetle Sanctuary – and contradictory to what one might expect the number of lilies has increased. This is an important story in itself, but it is still a story of isolation. When unpicking the relationship between the lilies and the beetles, and not stopping with these two species, an exciting multispecies story is there to be told. This story is complex – as always – and inscribes a number of both common and uncommon animals, from human animals (present as well as historical ones), to nocturnal butterflies, parasites, hyper parasites, symbiont viruses, as well as a number of plants. In the spirit of Environmental Humanities scholar Deborah Bird Rose, this project employs artistic methods and approaches with the aim of making enchantment and shimmer present and at work. It includes e.g. workshops, design insertions, persona construction, and curating as artistic research methods.

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