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FERAL FUTURES

In the 21st century we have advanced as a human race whereby we no longer need to forage and hunt for survival. The development of industrial manufacture has enabled us to evolve from hunter-gatherer to consumer. This has led to an over-reliance and naive dependence on technology to ensure we sustain human life. There are growing concerns on global food scarcity and material resources due to varying factors such as climate change, which poses a real threat to our native plants.

As global population rises, so does our dependence on global crops and production systems but how sustainable is this? What happens if our technological systems fail and our supply chain breaks down? How will mankind survive?

Weeds are often portrayed in a negative light, an invasive species that damage our crops and interfering with our cultivated landscapes. But these species may be the answer to our future material scarcity.

Weeds are a resilient species that can grow in rough terrain and can provide an abundance of resources. Weeds repair the vegetation damage by aggressive farming and gross pollution. They stabilise the soil, conserve water loss and provide shelter for other plants, and by doing so they are rebuilding a stable and diverse ecosystem.

This project seeks to highlight the importance of reconnecting with our natural environment and with our primitive state to rediscover the essential resources in abundance in our natural landscapes in an era corrupted by consumer culture.

Each of the plants selected for this project demonstrates the variety of uses that each weed can offer to the human race. A playful, futuristic look at how mankind will survive in the future if our technological systems fail us, cultivating tools from our natural landscapes and reconnecting with our primitive state to endure a post-apocalyptic future which embraces the wild.