Human Nature Dictionary

Human Nature Dictionary on the Human Nature Field Desk, 2016. Steel field desk, vintage chair, living thyme, found deer bones, plastic animals, nature and environmental dictionaries, clipboards, pens, hand-made dictionary cover

Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk, 2016. Freedom Baird. Steel field desk, vintage chair, living thyme, found deer bones, plastic animals, nature and environmental dictionaries, clipboards, pens, hand-made bioplastic dictionary cover

Participants coining new words at the Human Nature Field Desk, at the Somerville AgriCultural Festival at ArtFarm, October 1, 2016. These new words emphasize that humans are part of nature, not separate.  Visit the online version of the Human Nature Dictionary to learn more about the project and browse the words!

Human Nature Dictionary, 2016. Freedom Baird. Cover made from handmade banana-peel starch bioplastic.

Close up of a print version of the Human Nature Dictionary. The cover is made from banana peel starch plastic, synthesized at home from banana peels, lemon juice, and sodium metabisulfite. The recipe was developed by Turkish high school student, Elif Bilgin.

Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk, 2016. Freedom Baird. Steel field desk, vintage chair, living thyme, found deer bones, plastic animals, nature and environmental dictionaries, clipboards, pens, hand-made bioplastic dictionary cover

The Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk installed in the Bakalar Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for the MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, summer 2016.

Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk, 2016. Freedom Baird. Steel field desk, vintage chair, living thyme, found deer bones, plastic animals, nature and environmental dictionaries, clipboards, pens, hand-made bioplastic dictionary cover

The Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk comes equipped with a living surface of plants, a collection of deer bones, plastic animals, environmental and nature dictionaries, and clipboards and pens for coining new words.

Human Nature Dictionary Field Desk, 2016. Freedom Baird. Steel field desk, vintage chair, living thyme, found deer bones, plastic animals, nature and environmental dictionaries, clipboards, pens, hand-made bioplastic dictionary cover

A participant coining a new word at the Somerville AgriCultural Festival at ArtFarm, October 1, 2016.  Visit the online version of the Human Nature Dictionary to browse the new words and learn about the project!