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Experimental Design

Nirit Binyamini Ben-Meir

Nirit is an Israeli born artist and designer based in London. Her work explores the interconnection between society, economy and ecology.

Nirit seeks ways to provoke thoughts about the meaning of care and value. Using participatory installations, videos and workshops, she creates experiences for humans to interact with their biosphere. Her practice uses other-than-human entities as a reflective tool for society and geopolitics.

Recent and ongoing projects include 'Mutuality in the Biosphere' workshops at RCA2021, and at The Potting Shed by Collective Matter (Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, Slough) and Webs in collaboration with Kings College Synthetic Anatomy Department.

Nirit previously graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. She was awarded the Design Award from the Israel Ministry of Culture. Nirit gained experience as an editorial and book designer and worked with cultural institutions such as the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel Museum Jerusalem, Peres Center for Peace. Nirit is a faculty member at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art, where she received the Faculty Excellence Award.

Exhibitions: upcoming: "Mutuality in the Biosphere" exhibition and workshops in collaboration with Liina Lember, The Potting Shed, Collective Matter, 3 - 4 JULY 2021

upcoming: IED 'Beep Beep' event, Menier Gallery, 23 - 25 JULY 2021

Past: The Art Spaceship (V.Art, online, 2020), The Crypt Gallery (London, 2019), Artist House (Tel-Aviv, 2018), Jerusalem Design Week (2016), and the Israel Design Foundation Exhibition (2011).

How can we promote reciprocity after centuries of extraction of human and natural resources? 

The coronavirus crisis exposed our societies’ vulnerabilities and the disastrous ecological implications of nurturing competition and hierarchy.

Destabilised Common Grounds is a set of performative installations and workshops revealing the wisdom of moss colonies. It invites a deep engagement with a fascinating community that we tend to overlook - mosses. 

Mosses are uncompetitive, slow and extremely resilient. Moss can survive long stressed conditions in drought or freeze due to its colony structure and sensitivity to environmental changes. Moss colonies are a fascinating antithesis to human capitalist value systems.

This project investigates how the interaction with a biological entity activates kinship and introduces a shift in the meaning of value.

Audiences are invited to influence the moss’s climate and see the impact of their actions on the moss landscape’s condition in real-time. The participants’ interventions act as a metaphor and as a reflective tool to human and non-human relationships.  

This project sees the vital link between society and ecology and proposes bio-entities as an aid for true reciprocity within communities and the biosphere.

The work will be exhibited at the IED 'Beep Beep' event, 23rd-25th July, Menier Gallery.


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A participatory installation of moss colonies on a rug and live projections. Audiences are invited to influence the moss’s climate by spraying water and blowing hot air on the moss landscape.

Two large projections show the moss's reaction in real-time, one through a macro-lens view, showing the movement of the strands, and another through a red filter that emphasises the dry and vulnerable areas.

The reactions of the audiences are an integral part of the work. The dramatic setting aims to provoke a journey of thoughts and emotions, from curiosity through cautiousness and empathy to self-reflection and kinship: 'is what I am doing harmful for the moss?' 'How can I help it prosper'? 'What does it mean for me as a human to influence the moss?'

— Mosses grow in colonies of independent strands. The density of the colony supports the individuals and protects them. The colony stabilises the soil and set conditions for other plants to grow and prosper.
— It is fascinating to compare moss and its behaviour to capitalistic values. In some aspects, moss is an antithesis - it grows very slowly, and it is uncompetitive. Through the moss, we can explore the qualities of a community, Will it make us see our own communities differently?
— Coming from the dry country of Israel, the presence of moss in the cityscape made me curious. Through my daily journey, I noticed these plants appear and disappear regardless of the seasons. One day they were there. The next, they were gone. I started to explore them. During one of my walks, I spotted a damp doormat with some moss growing on it. I asked the owner if I can adopt it. I have been taking care of it since then.
— Moss closes its leaves when the air is dry and hot, and it opens up quickly when water arrives. It is a mesmerising, interactive matter. Its simple climate-sensitive economy helps the moss to save energy and survive through extreme conditions.


“Kinship is shared breath. Breath is what transforms bodies into one another, We thrive on the breath of others that we inhale and others prosper because we feed them with our breath” [Andreas Weber]

Shared Breath, Video [20 min] / Live Performance, reviving moss with human breath. This slow, poetic experience offers an optimistic perspective and shows humans are needed in this biosphere. Kinship can be as simple and intuitive as breathing.

A moss rug acts as a board game. Each player gets a territory. Their goal is to keep it the greenest and most prosperous area. During the game, the players influence the climate of the moss using water spray, hot air and manipulating the rug’s topography. As the game progresses they would discover how their actions affect the moss’s condition. Would they try to change the course of the game and collaborate to try and balance the moss rug?

The Cultivation Party workshop is the starting point for a long term activity and engagement. I invited several community members to collect moss from areas that are being under construction and to make our own large moss rug. 

This year, the World Economic Forum in Davos has announced a summit called ‘The Great Reset’, But are the actual decisions as bold and reformative as declared on the agenda? 

My proposal imagines how the interaction with living moss at the venue might encourage empathy and solidarity. Designed to be placed in the conference venue, the living installation reshapes the hall’s environment to create a more holistic and immersive debate and a new approach to our decision making systems.

The patterns of reciprocity by which mosses bind together a forest community offer us a vision of what could be… I hold tight to the vision that someday soon we will find the courage of self-restraint, the humility to live like mosses.” Robin Wall Kimemerer

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