Good Morning Ivan!

I am so happy to read your message. And so happy that you have mentioned vibrancy. When I look through my window I can see the most lush, luxurious, opulent, juicy and VIBRANT colour green in all its spring time shades. It is from where I set off to travel.
Margate, 30th of April, 2020
From lectures in art history at my university I suddenly remember that in paintings depicting allegories, when the scene was set with the wild green garden as backdrop, such backdrop meant that there were no rules. Whatever happened in the foreground didn’t have to be subjected to any laws. And as such anything could happen.
It made me think that now, when we are in the lockdown and receding to the background, the usual idea of “nature” normally perceived as a backdrop, can become fearless, wild and prominent. Indeed my own backyards is full of trees, which now house birds which although always belonged here, but were not spotted before. There is a Tawny Owl residing during the night and a Sparrow Hawk was seen at dusk.
Wilderness is slowly sneaking back in. I like to imagine that perhaps in a few months our concrete urban spaces will resemble something of THE ZONE from Tarkovsky’s Stalker, or AREA X from Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation.
While our cities have been providing the space for new eco-systems and opportunists, non-humans quickly evolved and adapted to benefit from our activities. But now some of these opportunists are confused, while others are competitively aggressive. In return, an entirely different type of species is re-emerging from the backdrop to benefit from this situation.
But let me go back to wild green. Apparently we share between 15 to 60% DNA with plants (depending on the type of plant). I wonder whether part of me can become green too? Can some of my personal bacteria photosynthesise so I can always hold some green inside me like the most precious jewel stone, ready to be revealed if there is no more green in the world?
There are 72 pages on various green colours in Wikipedia. There are 259 digital shades of green in my computer. I am made out of 37.2 trillion cells, out of which 27.2 trillions are bacteria (hi guys! I love you!).
No rules apply.
I have 86 billions neurons and each of them has 10,000 threads. Bundles of axons made up nerves: some of them are sensing whatever happens on our skin, some are registering colors and shapes via our eyes, some are about smell and some about our hearing. We perceive our surroundings in such high resolution, and that is the reason why I can see so many shades of green, hear all their sounds and smell their myriad of scents.
If only some little part of me can travel, will that limit the amount of green shades that part can perceive? If a cell can be equal to a pixel, how many pixels or cells would I need on this journey to be able to experience green in all its brilliance? Perhaps I will feel each green in a much more intense and extreme way if I am in the form of a single cell?
Speaking of which - based on my recent experiments I figured out how to “extend” myself, and send some of my biome to meet you, without losing the ability to sense the “travel”. Remember my current art project “How to Make an Ocean”?
In case you have forgotten - I am investigating chemical and organic compositions of my tears, in order in order to see what marine species - bacteria, algae, tiny fish - can be cultivated in them. I am curious whether the reason for crying will have an influence on these species, and whether with my bodily fluids I could start, and then sustain, a mini marine habitat.
While working on it, I met some of my own biome residing in my tears. Through the presence of their salt I could create an electrical current. By connecting two electrodes to the petri dish and wearing the EEG Brain-Computer Interface headset I can now easily sense what my biome in the petri dish can sense! I just need to make sure that I have a raspberry pi attached to solar and wind-powered batteries, with the internet dongle and that all is secured for air borne and underwater travels.
I contacted a friend of mine who trains postal pigeons, so the journey over the land is now sorted. It is important to me to travel under the water too. English Channel contains 44% of world ocean bacteria and while sending my own biome, I will use this opportunity to find out more. Grey seals swim regularly between UK and French shores so there will be no problem with attaching the probe to one.
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