The Culture of Nature
Plant art, culture and politics
Some plants are exchanged as tokens of love, some are glorified as national emblems, while some are labeled as 'invasive' or 'pest'. We hope to plant some seeds of doubt regarding the conventionally accepted botanical labels and cultural consumption of specific plants in the Netherlands, and beat around the bush for a while as we expand our focus on the contexts in which such knowledge is formed.
Let us step into the messy jungle of contested meanings, conflicting interests, political agendas surrounding plants — the rich and dense culture of nature.
Returning to Foams
Aphrodisiac #6 - Perforating, perfuming, permeating
Returning to Foams is one of the aphrodisiac recipes in our "Seafoam" series , in which we attempt to queer the traditional aphrodisiac. We cordially invite you to embark on our odyssey of love— where crew members across species interact with one another in transforming adventures of …
The Calm After the Storm
Aphrodisiac #5 - The solvent of our capsules
Tea dissolves the shells we have formed around us, separate from each other, to protect ourselves from the dizzying torrents of our day-to-day lives. It is time that we recollect ourselves and pause ourselves. It is time.
Kami no Zake
Aphrodisiac #4 - Saliva-fermented wine of the gods
Saliva-fermented alcoholic beverage is a tradition in many different cultures, from kuchikami no zake in Japan (literally, "mouth-chewed rice wine"; it was the inspiration for the name kami no zake , which can also mean "god's wine", as kami is a homonym for "chew" 噛 and "god" 神), to bijinzake…
Meadow of Dusk
Aphrodisiac #3 - Strewing herbs for your dance floor
Mediamatic's one and only strewing herb bouquet that you can release into the air like confetti, then perfume the air for every step that you make as you and your beloved dance on earth that has been sprinkled on, like a starry night sky. Feel safe, trusted and protected on the Meadow of Dusk.
Aphrodisiac #1 - The witch's tonic
The word "wicked" originates from wicca ("witch"). Witches have been feared for their destructive potential against the existent power system, admired for their creative magic to reconstruct the world. "Wicked" is the hearth of knowledge, light to the moths, love for the rejected and brave