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A making video of wire transcription by Yoa EK

Read by Christian Hersh

 

I could not exist without the plants

좋아은경, 2020, 폐철사


레이첼 카슨의 <침묵의 봄>을 철사로 필사했습니다. 영상 속 철사로 글씨쓰는 작업에 32시간 정도 소요되었습니다. 작업하며 빠짐없이 촬영 버튼을 눌렀으나 녹화되지 않은 부분이 있습니다.
낭독은 베를린 친구가 주저않고 해주었습니다. 진심으로 감사의 인사를 전합니다.

It took about 32 hours to write with metal wire in this video. There are some parts missing even though I pressed film button all the time.
The reading was done by my dear friend from Berlin. Thank you again with all of my heart.


Water, soil, and the earth’s green mantle of plants make up the world that supports the animal life of the earth. Although modern man seldom remembers the fact, he could not exist without the plants that harness the sun’s energy and manufacture the basic foodstuffs he depends upon for life.

Our attitude toward plants is a singularly narrow one. If we see any immediate utility in a plant we foster it. If for any reason we find its presence undesirable or merely a matter of indifference, we may condemn it to destruction forthwith.

The earth's vegetation is part of a web of life in which there are intimate and essential relations between plants and the earth, between plants and other plants, between plants and animals.

Sometimes we have no choice but to disturb these relationships, but we should do so thoughtfully, with full awareness that what we do may have consequences remote in time and place.

 

There is still very limited awareness of the nature of the threat. This is an era of specialists, each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits. It is also an era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged.

When the public protests, confronted with some obvious evidence of damaging results of pesticide applications, it is fed little tranquilizing pills of half truth. We urgently need an end to these false assurances, to the sugar coating of unpalatable facts. It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks that the insect controllers calculate.

The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts. In the words of Jean Rostand, “The obligation to endure gives us the right to know.”

 

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962