becoming-Botanical: a post modern liber herbalis


becoming-Botanical stack of books



Josh Armstrong and Alexandra Lakind


30 May 2019


Objet-a Creative Studio; Glasgow, Scotland


Mixam, United Kingdom

Nathalie Lavoie, Chessa Adsit-Morris, Elizabeth Georgian, Cynthia Belmont, Emily Arthur, Lynn Keller, Anne Pringle, Zuri Camille de Souza, Houssine Soussi, Andrea Haenggi, Lesley-Caron Veater, Professor Brian Bates, Stephanie S. Turner, Renata Buziak, Bradley Fairclough, Rahima Gambo, Agneiszka Krym, Freya Zinovieff, Andrew S. Yang, Meryl Murman with Greg and Katya, Keith Williams, Basma Kavanagh, Hannah Cooper-Smith, Ildiko Meny, Christine Mackey, Caroline Carlsmith, David M. J. Carruthers, Dr. Robert Budde, Geetanjali Sachdev, Ann Rosenthal, Christopher Lee Kennedy, Wendy Makoons Geniusz, Waasebines Ken Johnson Sr., Annmarie Geniusz, Julia Skinner, Kate Noakes, Willy Smart, Jamie Ross, Gesig Isaac, Aubrey Streit Krug, Mark Cooley, Elizabeth Hall, Stella Brown, Lili Huston-Herterich, Fern Shaffer, Vinsha Singh Basnet, Dr. Animesh Roy, Dr. Emmanuel Barla, Elizabeth Rimmer, Lindsey french, Aaron M. Ellison, Rebecca Ellis, Giulia Lepori, MichaƂ Krawczyk, Heather Swan, Sarah Lewison, duskin drum

becoming-Botanical is a long-term antidisciplinary project aiming to investigate and re-imagine the human/plant relationship with a view towards a sustainable future. We believe that new experiences with and deeper understanding of nonhuman life garners an ecocentric and empathetic perspective crucial to living sustainably in a shifting climate.

Central to the first phase of becoming-Botanical is the curation and publication of an herbal encyclopaedia (liber herbalis) which asks contributors and readers to contemplate in what ways we interact and depend on plant-life in a post-modern era and what future interactions and dependencies may be. The book comprises a selection of short provocative entries from practitioners of a myriad of scientific and artistic disciplines, accompanied by found, submitted and illustrated visual imagery to disrupt, contradict, or compliment the entries. It is imagined that this collection of disparate ideas can act as a catalyst for creative thinking and artistic practice in the widening field of sustainability and performance ecologies.

The book features 46 entries from over 50 international artists, researchers and practitioners spanning 6 continents–beautifully fusing academia, scientific and ecological research, art, and creative practice. 

The book is edited by:
Josh Armstrong
Artistic Director of Objet-a Creative Studio;
Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Alexandra Lakind
Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founder of Terra Incognita, presenting artistic responses to the Anthropocene

Forward written by:
Chessa Adsit-Morris is Assistant Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she is a doctoral student in Visual Studies. She is the author of Feral Subjectivities Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

The project is supported by:
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of California, Santa Cruz

and the generosity of
Dan Ayling, Paul Bassett, Dawn Bazely, April Chamberlain, Chris Fremantle, Claire Moran and anonymous

Launch Event sponsored by:
The Botanist Gin