Broken Nature Can Be Fixed with Design (II)

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Here is the second part of the post about the exhibition-event “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”, held from 1 March to 1 September at the XXII Triennale di Milano.

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This event was so exciting that we visited it twice. In our previous post we wrote about the exhibition structure and mentioned what in our opinion was the most interesting part: La Nazione delle Piante (The Nation of Plants), curated by Stefano Mancuso. The presentation of a  constitution of and for plants was a real little treat, and we want to talk in detail about it. It consists of only eight articles, but each of them is really fitting. The first article states that Earth is the common house of life, hence sovereignty belongs to each human being. In other words, Mancuso states that the bullying supremacy of mankind on all the other species has come to an end. This conception has resulted in serious damages for our planet (e.g. deforestation). The second article states that the Nation of Plants recognizes and grants the inviolable rights of natural communities, such as societies based on the relationship among the organisms that make it up. The third article does not recognize any animal hierarchy and looks forward to a general vegetal democracy. The fourth article states that the Nation of Plants respects the rights of all living beings universally, and it is also concerned with the future of younger generations. Clean water, soil and atmosphere for everybody is the statement of the fifth article, while the sixth one prohibits the consumption of non-renewable resources for the younger generations. Let’s go into article number seven, that states that the Nation of Plants has no border, so any living being (all plants included) has the right to transit or to live in it without limitation. The eighth article estabilishes the principle of mutual aid among all the communities of living beings. Well, we summarized Mancuso’s thought, but we think we gave you an idea of its spirit. We are merely making a general point that we also live of utopias. Today these concepts may be defined as visionary, but in the future they could be able to make a better world bloom, like a plant or a flower.