LOANWORDS TO LIVE WITH:
AN ECOTOPIAN LEXICON
Materials: paper, back ink, charcoal
Tools: office printer, solar oven
Energy: electric, solar
Size: 21 x 29,7 cm
Exhibition: École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC)
We have been invited by the american scolar Matthew Schneider-Mayerson to participate to a book project on environmental studies. In the book, each essay was to come with an artist artwork. In this framework, we decided to address a page of the book directly to non-humans.
Our proposal was to give the reader the opportunity to compost the page of the book that was reserved for us so that he could give it back to trees. Symbolically, it was about offering the reader to participate to a form of acknowledgment of the plants that contributed to the production of cellulose, the raw material of the book. The obvious required condition for this artwork was for the publisher to use a recyclable paper and biodegradable ink to print our page. Unfortunately Matthew received a grant to print the artworks on glossy paper which is very unlikely biodegradable. Our artwork was thus rejected. We show exhibited on the wall the e-mail response from the publisher in relation to our rejected proposal.