RIPEN (verb) to develop to the point of readiness. To reach the point of being ready for action.

Mulling, exchanging, absorbing and expanding are all part of this ripening practice. We are including here a recommended list of material that has informed the development of Phuplec and may be of interest to others:


Fleur du Mal, C Baudelaire

Concrete Island, JG Ballard

À Rebours (Against Nature), JK Huysmans

Talking Dirty: Tongue first!, F Gallardo & C. Lastra
(Arts Catalyst)

The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions, R Gray and S Sheikh

What Would Nature Do? A Guide for Our Uncertain Times, R DeFries (forthcoming)

One Earth, One Future: Our Changing Global Environment, CS Silver with R DeFries

Deep Time Walk: The Fool and The Scientist, S Harding & P Oswald

What a Plant Knows, D Chamovitz

Thus Spoke the Plant, M Gagliano

Where The Wild Things Are, M Sendak

Yucky Worms, V French


Natura Urbana

A Zed & Two Noughts
Peter Greenaway
(This film may not be suitable for children - parent advisory)

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* *PHUPLEC – Pronounced ‘foo-pleck’. PHUPLEC derives from the Proto-Indo-European perfective *bhuH, meaning to become, grow or appear. From this root word comes the English word future, the Latin futūrus (about to be) and esse (to be), the Greek phuō (I grow / become) and phusis (nature), and the Old English bēo (I become, I will be, I am). Phu- is combined with an abbreviated version of the Old English *plecc (pleck or plack) meaning a plot of land, place, spot or patch.