Botanical Drawing

The SeedsValues methodology use artistic engagement to further our perception of seeds’ values. On this purpose, field research involves drawing sessions gathering researchers and local growers in agrobiodiverse fields and conservation settings.

The purpose of this ethnographic methodology is threefold. (a) Drawings will be used as a shared practice to meet local growers and open up space of shared experiences between agricultors and academic researchers. Drawing sessions will be used to trigger storytelling about agrobiodiverse worlding and thereby produce ethnographic data through practical collaboration. It is the contention of the SeedsValues that drawing offers practical and material points to bring forth “places of coincidence” (de la Cadena 2015, 19) where culturally diverse actors engage dialogue between their respective world experiences. (b) Drawing encounters are expected to proliferate ‘versions’ (Despret 2001) of agrobiodiversity that emerges as a co-construction between academia and local field experts. (c) Another purpose of drawing agrobiodiverse qualities lies in cultivating “arts of noticing” (Tsing 2015), identified as crucial human dispositions that fosters caring for non-human forms of life (Van Dooren et al. 2016). Drawing exploration involves close encounters with plants and seeds, sharpening eyes to observe plant life and reproduce it on paper through body movement.