Karolina Ferenc

Humans seem to find many non-human things problematic and unimportant. Researching this attitude, Karolina Ferenc built a case study around the relationship between man and lichen. Associated with decay and aging, lichen is frequently removed from man-made environments. At the same time, it is admired by scientists for its ability to survive in extreme conditions, like outer space. ‘Lichen in Love’ shows the natural bond between humans and lichen by means of a love story. It offers a glimpse of a potential transition to a new era, closing the gap between these organisms and us. A set of designed objects reflects a growing intimacy. From a scientific balloon that escorts lichen to a safe place far away from humans, to an oxygenating mouthpiece, or a lamp that sheds light on this unique life form. The objects are accompanied by a set of love letters showcasing a new and impassioned relationship with nature.

Graduation project, 2016
Gijs Bakker Award Nominee
Photography: Nicole Marnati