‘Worlding’ has been succinctly defined by Derek McCormack as ‘the process by which different infrastructures of sensing make the force of the circumstantial palpable’ (2016, p.10). Worlding juxtaposes with a fixed idea of ‘the world’, as a top-down, anthropocentric objectification of all earthly things.
I began to develop a practice of speculatively ‘worlding with’ sporing plants. My experiments with manipulating close-up photographs express an attempt to steer the human gaze towards a more contemplative regard for ‘microcosmic’ communities, not least because these more-than-human perspectives are adept at concentrating and responding to anthropogenic matter in the atmosphere that we might term ‘air pollution’.
Some of the outcomes made it to a gallery setting, others fed into further art-research on the topic of biomonitoring with cryptogams.
I used a Dymaxion Map developed by Buckminster Fuller to produce the three-dimensional forms below.