Oils and acrylics on linen

Exhibition views, Gallery Rantakasarmi, by Aukusti Heinonen

ORGANISM has been inspired by biosciences and the forms in nature that seem haphazard. Haphazardness is also related to the future, which is impossible to predict. One scientific invention can push the future to a surprising conclusion.

Based on the studies of plant intelligence made during the last decade, it has been detected that plants are more knowledgeable than has been thought before. They have at least 20 different senses (1) and can, for example, alert each other about pest attacks (2). I am intrigued by the idea of an intelligent and imperceptible Plantae that is observing mankind and wondering how it can be destroying its living conditions.

Homo sapiens have reached and kept an ascendancy on Earth for only a relatively short period. Plants and sea creatures thrived for hundreds of millions of years before human evolution (3). I believe anthropocentrism devalues other organisms. The plant kingdom probably considers us a transient bout, a dinosaur that will perish.

I’m addressing a post-human utopia, where Homo sapiens has evolved into a new species with a thoroughly different kind of (plant) intelligence. The Hybrids represented in the paintings are crossbreeds of humans and plants. Perhaps becoming one with plants would be more genial than being destructed by artificial super intelligence.

Even though the power relations have been subverted between the species, the hybrids are not necessarily the ruin of Homo sapiens — humans inevitably change their form.

1. Mancuso, Stefano, Alessandra Viola, Brilliant Green.The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, Island Press, 2015, p. 46

2. Wohlleben, Peter, Puiden salattu elämä, suom. Pirkko Roinila, Gummerus, 2016, p. 26–28

3., Opened 12.3.2018