Biota Beings (working in progress), 2020-

Biota Beings is a new series of works by Burton Nitta. The project considers long timescales to fathom and forge connections between humans and an ecosystem of entangled elements, leaving a mutualistic legacy after the brief lives of human beings.

Biota Beings explores possibilities of how humans can perceive and act within complex systems on a biome level to face the climate emergency. To do this, the works expand ourselves and build on mutual relationships with other organisms. Biota Beings imagine this as building endo-systems and exoskeletons to extend the human network as a part of the biosphere. On a human level, we tangle further with elements and other beings in the ecosystem.


 

Biota Beings connect us to a world wired for cooperation and mutual relationships between diverse life forms and elements. When we acknowledge humans as an ecosystem interacting on a biome scale, the works change us from a separate entity to see ourselves afresh and present other possibilities to be in the world.

Poet and author Dr Rebecca Tamás suggests that different environments, such as the forest, the ocean or the city, make us think differently. If natural environments disappear or change indefinitely in the future, will a particular way of thinking also disappear?


 

As we change biomes, Biota Beings embrace the interconnections of the environment to maintain frames of mind.

The work is both in progress and process. We see the pieces as in transitional states. They grow, adapt, balance and track through seasonal changes.

The pieces include living elements such as willow, moss, mycorrhizal fungi and microbes. They bridge the aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric environments.

The pieces include living elements such as willow, moss, mycorrhizal fungi and microbes. They bridge the aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric environments.


Biota Beings considers us from the microbiome within the body to extensive areas of the planet, such as the tundra, desert, deciduous forest, and aquatic biomes. Climate is one way to define a biome. In the human-made climate crisis, these biomes are in rapid change, impacting the organisms found there. It is time to change us, rather than the environment. The project entangle humans in mutualistic relationships with other organisms to evolve and adapt to reimagine us on an interconnected planet.



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Take home

Print:
Biota Beings Cross Section 1 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00


Print:
Biota Beings Cross Section 2 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00

Print:
Biota Beings Cross Section 3 A4 ink drawing

£80.00

 

AlgaculturePrint:
Biota Beings Forest 1 A4 ink drawing

£ 125.00


Print:
Biota Beings Forest 2 A4 ink drawing

£ 125.00


Print:
Biota Beings Forest 3 A4 ink drawing

£ 125.00


Print:
Biota 1 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00


Print:
Biota 2 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00


Print:
Biota 3 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00


Print:
Biota 4 A4 ink drawing

£ 80.00

 


Acknowledgement

Biota Beings by Burton Nitta (Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta)

 

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