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Zizim was an experimental platform borrowing from Boskoi, consisting of a website and mobile app for geotagging plants and ecologically significant locations. Under continuous testing and development throughout Borrowed Scenery, it represented the locative dimension of the cross-pollination between physical and virtual, pointing both to useful practical information on the urban geography of plants and gardens, while also accommodating more fanciful representations, such as ambiguous “pataplants” and “pataportals” – physically significant places that interfaced with the Aniziz game to transport players to other locations.

Zizim is a field guide to remarkable plants and gardens. A valuable tool for a patabotanical field worker, it allows you to assemble and explore a growing collection of urban plants amenable to live with humans and gardens where people cultivate, contemplate, exchange and eat plants.

Please peruse this field guide in your neighbourhood and further afield. Your contributions will be of utmost value to observation and experience of human-plant interactions in the city.

You can report your find and affix your field-note on these pages, or using our mobile notebook for Android based tracking devices.

We also need your help nurturing these plants in the world of Aniziz.

About Us

We are a group of patabotanists attempting to reinvigorate human-plant interaction. We come from a place where humans are accustomed to communication with the ‘planetary Other’, including our close neighbours from the domain of eukarya - plants and fungi. Some time ago, we discovered that we share portions of your digital networks, where we found something unbelievable: we were bamboozled by the lack of reciprocal understanding and non-communication between humans and plants, especially considering current environmental and cultural degradation. Hence, in August 2012 we embarked on a quest (code name Jiejing, aka Borrowed Scenery) to attempt to reestablish pathways between Earth-bound sentiences. To begin with, we plan to observe, collect and experiment with interactions between humans and plants in a dense urban environment. We chose a place that is large enough to include a diversity of habitats, while small enough for us to be able to do all our fieldwork on foot (as we are not accustomed to riding or driving machines).

During 2012CE we were based in Gent, Belgium and operated from a temporary lab in an abandoned candy store.

http://locust.fo.am/zizim.html

Various functions are available as part of the map.

mouse/touch operation
  • moving by grabbing the map with a mouse-click you can move the map around
  • overview map using the < button in the bottom right of the map you can expand an overview map
  • zooming in and out using the + and - buttons in the top left of the map you can obtain more or less detail in the map
  • switching themes or maps clicking on the ≡ icon on the right-hand side of the map you can view and select available maps and themes
  • retrieving information the map may contain elements that contain more information, by clicking these a popup will show this information
  • fullscreen display using the ✈ button the map can be maximized to fullscreen display, use the ✕ button to return to page display.
keyboard operation

Keyboard operation becomes available after activating the map using the tab key (the map will show a focus indicator ring).

  • moving using the arrow keys you can move the map
  • overview map using the + button in the bottom right of the map you can expand an overview map
  • zooming in and out using the + and - buttons in the top left of the map or by using the + and - keys you can obtain more or less detail in the map
  • switching themes or maps clicking on the ≡ icon on the right-hand side of the map you can view and select available maps and themes
  • retrieving information the map may contain elements that contain more information, using the i key you can activate a cursor that may be moved using the arrow keys, pressing the enter will execute an information retrieval. press the i or the escape key to return to navigation mode
  • fullscreen display using the ✈ button the map can be maximized to fullscreen display, use the ✕ button to return to page display.

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Zizim and environs

 

Points of Interest
id symbol latitude longitude description
Zizim and environs
GPX file GPX track GPX track: zizim
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