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September 10, 2021
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Based on the installation “You are the 0.01%”, the artist Zheng Bo and the ecologist Tom Crowther (ETH Zurich) talk about the relationship between man and nature.
One focus of the conversation is on Crowther’s research. Using global ecological data sets, he examines how the world’s ecosystems influence the climate. In an informative dialogue, Zheng Bo, on the one hand, presents his personal and artistic observations of the biological, social, and political aspects of the plants that exist around him. On the other hand, Crowther informs about current findings such as the influence that e. g. monocultures have on the climate and biodiversity.
Episode 5: Zheng Bo and Tom CrowtherVisit the media library
“We are the 99%. We are the 0.01%. We, the 99%, need the 99.99%. We humans must collaborate with nature and its life forms.” (Zheng Bo)Learn more
Can we understand plants as political agents? Follow the discussions between Zheng Bo and scientists from biology and ecology.Learn more
As this year’s In House: Artist in Residence at the Gropius Bau, artist and theorist Zheng Bo explores how plants can become part of a political idea. Past and future are the central parameters of his politically and scientifically informed artistic practice, in which he deals with socio-economic themes and the relationship between humans and nature.Close
Biologist, assistant Professor in the department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich
Tom Crowther is a Welsh scientist studying ecology and global biodiversity. He is an assistant professor in the department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich, where he founded Crowther Lab, an interdisciplinary group of scientists studying global ecosystems to facilitate local efforts that protect, restore and manage biodiversity around the world. Crowther takes a holistic approach to studying ecosystems, including the networks of plants and soil organisms (like fungi, bacteria and nematodes) that interactively govern the exchanges of carbon between the land and atmosphere. This work is highly interdisciplinary, including theoretical, experimental and observational approaches to understand the mechanisms driving ecological processes across different scales.Close
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