Plan T


Plan T

opening hours

3–11th of July


Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe
Plac Grunwaldzki 2


free entrance


In the last few years we have been more and more willing to invite plants into our homes. We look at them differently than before, with more attention, admiration and respect. We sympathise with them, in a sense. Have we finally realized that their survival depends on us as much as ours depends on them?

One of the fundamental, most primal human needs is contact with nature. This may seem obvious, however, very few of us are aware that over 99% of the evolution of the human species took place in the natural environment, in surroundings unchanged by man. The world in which we live today, or in simple terms, the world after the industrial revolution, is a fairly 'new' place for the human species. Our bodies and minds evolved in a biocentric world, not a human-designed world.

In the works of contemporary designers we can see attempts to create objects that are aimed at re-establishing human contact with plants, and thus with nature. There are two tendencies that can be identified in them: thoughtful and romantic. The romantic path is dictated by a subcutaneous nostalgia for what the residents of urbanized areas are lacking. These projects urge us to slow down and pay attention to the undeniable beauty and intelligence of nature. On the other hand, explored by the thoughtful path, being considerate towards plants in our (immediate) environment is a reasonable step, a reaction to the state of the environment. Everything indicates that soon there will be a deficit of arable land, and weather conditions will not be suitable for traditional farming. Designers turn our attention to alternative ways of harvesting plant food or the possibility of bringing cultivation back to the cities. Its return is inevitable. The only question is, what form will they take?

Objects created in connection with these two tendencies meet and overlap in areas such as art, technology or food, forming a pattern of a new way of thinking about plants that accompany us. Plant T is a proposal of a new life plan. A plan that re-establishes solidarity between species.


Barbara Stelmachowska

Barbara Stelmachowska

Designer and researcher. Works in the field of sustainable, socially engaged design, using everyday observations to create alternative scenarios for the existing reality.As part of her PhD studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, she explores the directions in which the human nutrition may evolve in the future. She devotes her scientific work to exploration of alternative systems, such as g...

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