Urban Antibodies is a long-term research project that imagines the city as a living organism, looking at sites of toxicity and vulnerability, healing and care - with a focus on plant knowledge and medicine. The project will explore specific sites to investigate histories of industrial pharmaceutical companies in relation to local plant knowledge, and the role of women in the development of scientific knowledge. During her time at ZKU, Rebecca will be researching into the development of pharmaceutical drugs based on plants, and sites connected to the collection, categorisation and processing of plant material. She will develop participatory workshops to explore plant stories - from locally gathered herbs, to the exploration and import of ‘exotic’ plants through the era of European colonialism and the development of botany as a discipline.
The Urban Antibodies research phase is supported through a grant from Arts Council England.