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Mission by Alchemilla 'Lily' Umiliata

Patabotanical fieldwork begins and ends in its lab, consisting of a working space, lounge, library and resting area. The hub can be built up gradually through the activities in it, so it can begin quite sparse – a few maps and other research materials needed to begin fieldwork. Over the course of weeks or months the lab can evolve to become a physical archive of the patabotanists work.

Time in the patabotanists' reality is smeared out, so their 'now' encompasses 19th, 20th and 21st century. When building a lab in 'our' reality, make sure to include elements and technologies from various time periods. Creating the right atmosphere is crucial for the success of patabotanical work.

Space to occupy
  • whatever space you have at your disposal
Materials to borrow

depending on the size of the space and availability of materials

  • a few lab tables and stools
  • a victorian sofa
  • a few old leather armchairs
  • a book case with a lock and a glass front
  • a low table
  • red velvet curtains for the entrance
  • old optical/mechanical/digital/biotech equipment
  • a wet lab and glass ware
  • glass display case
  • blackboard (can be painted on the wall)
  • 1 printer / copier
  • 2 Projectors ~2000 lumen, as energy efficient as possible
  • 1 PA Sound system & cabling (ending in 1 minijack connector). Physical dimensions as small as possible.
  • 1 Ethernet connection (as fast as available) and 8 port switch
  • Sufficient extension cords and power-boards
  • Fixtures for wall hangings (maps, prints, etc.)
  • Plants in pots of various sizes (as many as possible).

Note that all materials and equipment should be reused, recycled and if possible borrowed or scavenged.

People to find
  • 1 host
  • research assistants for lab setup, experiments and field work (as many as you can find)
  • Urban farmers, plant carers from the botanic gardens, scientists from local biology and plant sciences departments, ethnobotanists, nature guides, guerilla gardeners, seed savers, pataphysicists, gamers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, meditators, cooks and other plant enthusiasts, for involvement in mapping and other fieldwork


  • Estimated duration: Depending on complexity from a few days to a few months
  • Estimated number of participants: at least 2
  • Vegetal mindfulness: saracenia
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  • Last modified: 2013-04-30 09:00
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