How do office plants reconfigure our understanding of "workplace relations," collegiality, and productivity? In relations between office plants and knowledge workers, who cares for whom? This project studies relations of care between human knowledge workers and their plant allies. Building on the history and anthropology of office plants, we are interested in possibilities for understanding plant care as care work (and office spaces as care spaces).
In an era of mobile office technologies, what are the ethical possibilities of the boutonniere?
What is the relational status of breath? This project focuses on making legible the unseen and often-invisible worlds of bacteria, fungi, and dust in the ecologies of office air. We practice citizen science and air surveillance by using a variety of sensing instruments, including our own bodies, sourdough starters, and the liveliness of plants.
Eat your office
Can the life of the office be captured, grown, and reproduced as energy? This project invests in new growing arrangements within office spaces, exploring the lives of food plants, sourdough spores, and edible fungi through full life cycles, from planting and cultivation through being eaten.