Colonial Garden in Lisbon was created in 1906. There are over 600 species of exotic trees and plants from various regions of the world, mainly from the former Portuguese colonies. The Garden keeps memories of a particular age, of something that has happened just there.
Is that possible to conceive nature free from human traces?
If we are relational human being, we can’t perceive nature as something in itself, but we can consider it as a process, as a combined system, double meaning of interaction. Knoweldge is action and the action is knowledge, I exist, therefore I modify. There is an interaction with the world, which only emerges thanks to this coupling, which is a permanent source of sense perception.
Lisbon Garden represents to me a microcosm, heap, where I found different levels of reading: manipulation of knowledge and data; manipulation of nature in order to create life (agriculture); the emergence of aesthetic world with an own identity. The relationship creates a new space.
A particular object arises. I didn’t experience it as a pure nature, but more as an action-perception game between the observer and the context. A manipulation game which includes fanthasy and imaginary, where traces and influences left by human being has become visions, existences whitout a locus.