MOTHER OF INVENTION: 01

The footage for this film was taken at Knepp Estate, a former mixed farm in West Sussex.  For the last twenty years the land has slowly been freed from the intensive agricultural inputs of the previous seven or so decades and has been allowed to 're-wild', massively regenerating the estate's biodiversity.  The audio is a monotonous list of 20th century patent applications, all related to increasing food production, which contrast with the visuals of the flourishing land. The patents for chemicals and methods now seem like a catalogue of assaults carried out against the natural environment. This was part of an MA thesis.