Jardin Biologique #9 - potager de resistance
This proposal introduces a collaborative dependency with living food to investigate sociopolitical and spiritual issues. Its' beauty will emerge and asserts itself over the polluting objects. Paradise is here, despite us. Its simplicity and economy will question the need for our complex interventions in nature.
In May 2009, I planted my first potager de resistance in the courtyard of the Visual Arts Building of Concordia University. I am proposing to recreate this experience on a larger scale. The concept was inspired by Gilles Clement's Jardin de Resistance.
The garden will express itself and change unpredictably and continuously. It cannot be controlled precisely yet it depends on us. We feed it and protect it. It will feed us. We share decisions but it has the last word. We can watch it transform, smell and taste it. I will plant them in containers found in recycling bins. They are not planted in rows but intermingled without a specific pattern. Found objects and wooden posts support them with text on them, such as: nothing is lost - nothing is created- all is transformation. Their fruits will show their scars, blemishes and are proudly unique. Beauty is edible. The potager de resistance does not care about market economy and produces the most with the least, for the people close to it; mindful of their relationship with it. Nature recycles everything. Resistance is futile.