The Traveling Plant: Preparatory Logbook

People were asked, in a caring hosting tradition, to tell the plant what it could expect to experience and to discover along its journey, what and whom (humans and other than humans) it may encounter. Choose a contributor in the menu (v) or browse by following the arrows < >

Maria Lantin

A Cautious Welcome

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Director, Basically Good Media Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Well hello Traveling Plant! I hear you’ll be coming this way soon. I may or may not cross paths with you but I will feel you in my own wanderings. You see, there is always space for the interloper in this ever-changing ecology. I recently found out that the extremely well-adapted Himalayan Blackberry is actually Armenian. Some say it’s invasive. I prefer to call it opportunistic. Like humans. Forces keep it in check, sometimes in the nick of time. In any case, I suspect there is only one of you and that hearing the cautionary tale of the Armenian Blackberry you might be more humble in your seedings. I wish you the best in your uprooted travels. You are truly an inspiration to all the plants that I have told your story to.


The Traveling Plant is a collective project created in 2020 by Annick Bureaud, Tatiana Kourochkina, Marta de Menezes, Claudia Schnugg and Robertina Šebjanič, and further developed with the following seed organisations Leonardo/Olats (Paris), Quo Artis (Barcelona and Treviso), Cultivamos Cultura (Lisbon), Sektor Institute (Ljubljana) and the initial support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.