Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project, initiated by Quimera Rosa in 2016, that utilizes living systems and is based on self-experimentation: it is a process that involves a ‘human > plant’ transition in various formats. The project juxtaposes disciplines such as arts, philosophy, biology, ecology, physics, botanics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and electronics. Trans*Plant claims to develop a project that is involved in the current debates surrounding Anthropocene from a perspective not based on ‘human exceptionalness and methodological individualism’ (Donna Haraway), but addresses the world and its inhabitants as the product of ‘cyborg processes’, of ‘becoming with’ (Vinciane Desprets) and of ‘sympoiesis’ (Haraway).
The greatest problem with the dominant ecology is that it is based on the notion of ‘nature’, a notion created historically to separate humanity from the rest of the universe and establish a colonial relationship. The binomial culture / nature structures an almost infinite list of other binomials found in modern Western thought: man / woman, white / non-white, straight / queer, science / witchcraft, adult / child, normal / abnormal… The second term of each binomial is associated with nature and is therefore subdued to the same regime of violence. Through heterotrophy carried out to its maximum, a necropolitics is constituted so that it literally ‘consumes’ everything on this planet. ‘Protecting nature’ seems to be a bad idea… It is strange that one has come to accept that an individual, delimited by the skin, constitutes a living being, but the planet as a whole doesn’t. It is time to conceive ‘ungrid-able ecologies’ (Natasha Myers), or ‘un-greening the green’ (Jens Hauser).
In order to be able to think about a non-anthropocentric ecology we need to move from identities based on essences to identities based on relationships. A human> plant transition process that includes an intravenous chlorophyll protocol which through fears, fantasies and judgments that it generates, opens the debate on the identity system. A self-experimentation process is not an individual’s process, it’s always a collective one. Obtaining a pure molecule of chlorophyll is as hard as getting testosterone from the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry or the legal and health system. All life is patented.
Trans*Plant would not be possible without the different ecosystems of which it is part.