An ecosystem is defined by complex connections, which include us. Through The Wonder Project we want to reveal these connections, elastic bridges between species, a world of balance and cooperation, where biology, physics and chemistry are constantly shaping what we see, hear, feel, smell and taste.
Directed by Dzifa Benson, Ways of being is aimed at opening up these pathways, revealing these bridges, inviting you to take off your shoes and walk them, and wonder about Wakehurst like an artist or scientist.
In 2018 we find ourselves needing to preserve our environments. Humanity is in control of what survives, what thrives and what disappears. Billions of seeds are stored in the Millenium Seed Bank a repository of life on Earth, far more valuable than any financial bank. The seeds here are provided absolute protection, from nuclear radiation and airplane crash, but will they ever see the sun?
The Crop Wild Relatives global research network is just one of a number of scientific research groups whose home is the Seedbank, their main task is to re-diversify crop species, safeguarding their futures, and with it ours.
Our relationship with the environment has radically shifted throughout the last millenia. From effective hunter gatherers to exploiting our resources, we have had a striking impact in our environment, altering ecosystems and even climates and oceans.
Turn to your image reflected on the mirror and wonder, what is our place on the Earth? What influence do you have on the ecosystems around you? What is your relationship with the plants, fungi and animals at Wakehurst?
Sunset is a universally appreciated moment - it brings all living things together, sensually, hormonally and chronologically - this is a global community.
It takes 4 minutes for the sun to reach and then sink below the horizon, and though we may not see this event, we acknowledge it. We invite everyone present at The Wonder Project, from the people to fungi and trees, to witness the ebbing of the light on this day, a unique collective, that was different from yesterday and will be different again tomorrow.