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A Vegetal Odyssey

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In 2006, sixteen hundred Arabidopsis thaliana seeds travelled on the space shuttles Discovery and Atlantis to the International Space Station, carrying with them a key role in the human drive to colonize space. Despite being a small insignificant wild weed, A. thaliana was the first plant to have its genome fully sequenced, and the first to complete a life cycle in space. Artist collective Soft Turns took an interest in the plant in 2016 during a three-year research residency at the University of Guelph. In subsequent years, Soft Turns has been creating artworks that study behaviours of the plant in space to further understand the future of human ambition.

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