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The impact of human activities on nature generates an intertwined world, in which art has

become an anthropology of global life, connecting humans and nonhumans.

- Nicolas Bourriaud




Since the dawn of the industrial era, extractive practices have drastically transformed our

environment and caused habitat loss and degradation that directly impacted biodiversity.

EXTRACTOCENE is an offer to look at this highly criticized human era more specifically; it

pays attention to the landscape and the entanglements of our species with the wealth of what

lives around us. The loss of biodiversity acts like a detangling machine that is impossible to

ignore. With this work we turned to fungi to try to engage with narratives that are less extractive

and more regenerative. What can fungi teach us about reciprocity in sharing natural resources?

How can we pause the frantic disconnection of extractive living and welcome regenerative

thinking, fertile communications, thriving biodiversity, and practices? They are regenerative in

that we give importance more to the questions we ask than the answers and solutions we seek.

We might never have the (right) answers; what we will have left is all the adaptations we have

made along the way.

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