For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from seeing plants and truly understanding them as more than materials and decorative elements (plant blindness). In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical theories have challenged the dualism of human vs nature which is deeply rooted in Western society. In design, in art, and in the natural and technical sciences, more and more people are beginning to turn away from the systematic devaluation and exploitation of the plant world and instead see them for what they are: living beings in their own right that enable us to survive and thrive. Are we at the beginning of a new chapter in the co-
In doing so, the exhibition ties in with the long tradition of horticulture at Pillnitz Palace and Park. Historical exhibits, the gardens and greenhouses bear witness to the fact that two Saxon kings were passionate plant lovers: Friedrich August I and his nephew Friedrich August II elevated the park to a botanical collection from about 1780 to 1865. The knowledge gathered here provided decisive impulses for forestry, garden design and technology, among other things. Even today, recognized teaching and research institutions of the Free State and the Federal Government work together in partnership at this site under the name Green Forum Pillnitz. This is also where this year's DESIGN CAMPUS Summer School comes in: The School of Phyto-
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Artists and lenders
Merle Bergers, De Bilt (Netherlands) / Sjoerd ter Borg, Aesthetics of Exclusion, Amsterdam (Netherlands) / CID—entre d’nnovation et de design au Grand-
Exhibition 29 April -
Workshop “eep Phytocracy”by Šela Petrič. © SKD. Photo: Oliver Killig.
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