This seventeen-minute video features the Dandelion Manifest I did yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania’s tech accelerator campus in the Gray’s Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia. Pennovation was developed on the site of the former DuPont Marshall Labs, where research into paints and chemical coatings was carried out through the second half of the 20th century. I didn’t realize until I got home that DuPont also tested Teflon there. If you have not yet watched Mark Ruffalo’s film “Dark Waters,” I highly recommend it.
It keeps hitting me the connections between poisoned, often intentionally, environments, illness, and medical treatments that remake our bodies into something other. I do think terrain theory speaks in a very real way to the cybernetic push for transhumanist bio-computing. How we treat the natural world, in this case the riverbanks of the Schuylkill River, speaks to our inner turmoil – from bucolic gardens to industrial cess pools to gleaming techno-dystopic office park. The Pennovation campus with its newly opened bio-tech lab and focus on militarized robotics and nano-tech should give us all pause. I haven’t looked at it the same way since the morning a few years ago when I was in my car stopped in traffic alongside it’s meadow and I watched a large German Shepard loping through the tall grass with a padded arm in its mouth.