Sun as the ultimate capital

Špela Petrič & Shreyasi Kar


Photo: DK


This project, employing techniques of photo biochemical printing of different images of banknotes onto plant leaves, faces us with the realization that money as a symbol for an economic system contemporarily exists also as a sign for 400 thousand plant species that, thanks to their metabolic networks, enable emergent phenomena characteristic for the human culture. All the production surpluses that make the evolution of the society possible are inextricably linked to 550 billion tons of biomass of green organisms that tirelessly convert photons into chemical fuel. The accumulation of capital thus relies more on the strategies of survival, developed during the plant's' evolution in contact with the inexhaustible light of the Sun, than on the human workforce.

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