Kathrin Meyer and Judith Elisabeth Weiss for the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden (ed./eds.)

Von Pflanzen und Menschen
Leben auf dem grünen Planeten
[Of plants and people. Living on the green planet]

Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2019, 208 pages
ISBN 978-3-8353-3467-0

About the often underestimated importance of plants for human culture – a differentiated view of the biological and cultural dimensions of flora.

Supplement to the exhibition: Of Plants and People at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden (19 Apr 2019–19 Apr 2020)

Plants – they produce the air we breathe, form the basis of our food chain, help to relax in green oases of peace and are an essential part of our culture. Despite their immense importance, we usually perceive them only as a backdrop to human activities. Not only because of their omnipresence are plants often underestimated, but also because of their apparent passivity. Plants are complex, comprehensively networked living beings whose existence makes human culture possible in the first place, as the authors of this accompanying volume vividly illustrate. They show their importance at the crossroads of biology, cultural sciences and everyday life and examine the technical preparation and cultural transformation of plants as well as their liveliness and dignity along concepts such as plant soul, plant rights, biofacts, invasive plants and patenting.

The essays are supplemented by excerpts from poetry and literature in which the plant plays the role of a motivator and creative force in the arts.
With essays by Veit Braun, Laura Foster, Hans-Werner Ingensiep, Nicole Karafyllis, Florianne Koechlin, Isabel Kranz, Georg Töpfer and others.

Media Response

15 Jan 2021
Von Pflanzen und Menschen
10 May 2020
Der Garten – eine Ortsbestimmung zwischen Paradies und Politik

Radio talk with Judith Elisabeth Weiss, in: BR24 (Bayerischer Rundfunk), 10 May 2020