Performance with light projection and research poster, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, 2018.

Xanthoria parietina is a nitrogen-loving lichen. Its presence could indicate the prevalence of nitrogen-containing pollutants, emitted by transport and industry. In this interactive installation, the hemisphere functions as both magnifying lens and “lichen-eye view”. Human interaction enlarges aspects of the light image, just as exposure to anthropogenic emissions causes actual lichen populations to flare up or recede over time.

Photo of Lucy and projection mapping of orange and yellow lichen

Making a case for a “moss-eye view”, sociologist Jennifer Gabrys articulates the possibility to “extend and challenge the familiar […] by asking how radically different urban inhabitations might yield new perspectives […] even when those processes […] take place below the radar of the usual spaces of urban–human encounters” (2012, my italics).