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Garden Under Bluer Skies

 
First iterations of Garden Under Bluer Skies

First iterations of Garden Under Bluer Skies

This project is about the arrival of the 3-Drug therapy, an experience often referred to as The Lazarus Effect. As a metaphor for survival, hopeful care and the cultivation of a well-being, I want to establish a large garden planted with vegetation, cultivated and wild, that have 1. been used and/or explored for use in the treatment of AIDS and HIV related health issues; 2. have properties that promote romance, affection and human attachments; and 3 are believed to enable elevated mental/spiritual states.

Throughout the garden will be plaques that tell two stories: 1. The history and uses of a particular plant and the condition it might address as well as any history of experimental use and 2. the stories of lives that have been constructed post- the use of treatments enabled by the 3-Drug therapy.

Central to the project is the design and production of replicable, modular, above-ground structures that can be sited in communities where there is at least one organization that supports the needs of people with AIDS. In addition, an educational organization will be sought that would integrate education about and maintenance of the garden into its curriculum.The first of these gardens would be planted in the summer of 2020. It is my hope to create a version in Paris and version in New York, commemorating the sister city relationship between those cities in the development of HIV/AIDS treatment. It is anticipated that these gardens will reflect differences in contents that reflect the history of their regions.Venues, sponsors and dates are to be determined. Target date: Fall 2020/Spring/Summer 2021


Projet 1. The Garden under Bluer Skies / Le jardin sous des cieux plus bleus :

Ce projet traite de l’arrivée des trithérapies qui ont fait du SIDA une maladie chronique et gérable, une avancée souvent qualifiée d’ « Effet Lazare ».

Je souhaite créer un grand jardin, métaphore de la survie, de l’espoir et de la recherche du bien-être, planté de plantes cultivées et sauvages qui ; ont été utilisées ou testées dans le traitement du VIH/SIDA et des symptômes associés ; 2. ont des propriétés qui stimulent la romance, l’affection et l’attachement ; 3. sont considérées comme élevant la spiritualité et/ou stimulant le mental.

Tout au long du jardin, des plaques raconteront deux facettes de cette histoire ; 1. l’utilisation de diverses plantes et les pathologies qu’elle traiteraient ainsi que les expérimentations associées ; 2. des parcours de vie rendus possibles par les trithérapies.

 Le cœur du projet réside dans la conception et la production de structures modulaires hors-sols reproductibles qui pourraient être implantées dans des communautés où existeraient au moins une organisation de soutient aux personnes atteintes par le HIV/SIDA. De plus, un organisme éducatif serait sollicité afin d’intégrer dans son cursus un enseignement autour du jardin ainsi que son entretien. Le premier de ces jardins serait réalisé à l’été 2020. J’espère en créer deux versions, une à Paris et l’autre à New York, afin de commémorer le lien entre ces deux villes sœurs dans le développement des traitements contre le VIH/SIDA. Il est prévu que ces jardins refléteront les histoires respectives des deux régions.

 

Les lieux, les sponsors et les dates sont à déterminer. Date cible: automne 2020 / printemps / été 2021



Technical drawings:

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Throughout the garden will be tiled surfaces telling two stories: 1. The history and uses of plants and the conditions they might be used to address in English, French and braille and 2. Stories edited from oral histories of lives that have been constructed post- the use of treatments enabled by the 3-Drug Therapy. These oral histories will be developed in consultation with Jay Laudato, former Executive Director of Callen Lorde Community Health Center and Director, Division of Managed Care, NYS Dept. Of Health; and Tom Watson, CSW, formerly at Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s AIDS Center and a group of individuals who were AIDS caregivers in NYC and Paris in the 1990s.These stories will be integrated into videoworks I will produce in collaboration with composer/videographer, Andrew Alden, an ongoing collaborator with Whitfield CoLabs and founder of Obscura Broadcasting Company.(https://www.obscurabroadcastingcompany.com/) These videoworks will be integrated into seating areas in the garden.

Designs of planters and furniture to be installed in the garden.

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Tout au long du jardin, des plaques raconteront deux facettes de cette histoire ; 1. l’utilisation de plantes et les pathologies qu’elles traiteraient en anglais, en français et en braille et 2. des récits de parcours de vie rendus possibles par les trithérapies réalisés d’après des témoignages oraux. Ces récits seront réalisés grâce à la consultation de Jay Laudato, ancien Directeur exécutif du Centre de Santé Communautaire Callen Lord, divison de la gestion des soins, Département des Soins de NYS, et auparavant assistant social clinique au Centre de soin SIDA du Mt Sinaï, et d’un groupe de soignants ayant travaillé avec des personnes atteintes par le VIH/SIDA à New York et à Paris dans les années 90.

Ces récits seront intégrés dans des œuvres vidéos que je créerai en collaboration avec le vidéaste et compositeur Andrew Alden, collaborateur régulier de Whitfield CoLabs et fondateur de Obscura Broadcasting Company. (https://www.obscurabroadcastingcompany.com/). Ces vidéos seront intégrées dans les zones de repos du jardin.

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Opportunistic infections and their symptoms associated with HIV/ AIDS and plant based treatments

 
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Aphrodisiac Plants

 
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Plants for Shamanistic Practice

For Poultices:

  • Poke root and cornmeal - excellent for inflamed breasts

  • Charcoal and smartweed - good for inflammation of bowels

  • Charcoal, smartweed, powdered echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh or a small amount of all five - Healing cold sores and ulcers

  • Burdock leaf - eases pain of a wound from an animal, such as dog bite

  • Plantain - prevents blood poisoning 

  • Nettle and wintergreen - for dissolving tumors 

  • Carrots and goldenseal - applied to cold sores for healing

  • Sage - inflammation of any type

  • Charcoal and hops - remove gallstone pain

  • Lobelia and slippery elm - for blood poisoning, boils, very good for rheumatism

  • Hyssop - remove discoloration from bruises

Herbs used to make composition powders( good medicine for cold, flu, cramps, rheumatism, beginning of fevers, scarlet fever):

  • Bayberry

  • Ginger

  • White Pine

  • Cloves

  • Cayenne

  • Pulverised Pinus canadensis

  • Cinnamon

  • Powdered Pleurisy roots

  • Powdered marjoram

  • Powdered pimpernella saxifrage 

  • Powdered wild thyme

Plants to avoid during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding:

  • Black cohosh

  • Sage (breastfeeding)

  • Goldenseal

Plants that may be harmful when ingested (*may be lethal):

  • Barberry

  • Barberry (wax)

  • Bearberry

  • Bittersweet 

  • Black birch

  • Black cherries (bark, leaves, seeds)

  • Black haw (berries may produce nausea)

  • Blue flag

  • Bog bean 

  • Boneset

  • Cascara

  • Castor oils (seeds)*

  • Celadine

  • Coltsfoot

  • Comfrey

  • Cramp (berries)

  • Culver’s (fresh root)

  • Fringe tree

  • Hawthorn Berries ( may affect heart rate, blood pressure)

  • Horsetail grass ( harmful to livestock)

  • Juniper berries

  • Lindin flowers

  • Lobelia

  • Male fern

  • May apple or mandrake*

  • Mullein

  • Paraguay tea

  • Passion flowers

  • Pennyroyal (essential oil)

  • Pleurisy root

  • Poison Hemlock*

  • Poke (all parts)

  • Quaking aspen

  • Ragwort

  • Sassafras (oil is carcinogenic)

  • Skunk cabbage*

  • Spearmint (oil)

  • Spigelia

  • Squaw weed

  • Stone root

  • Vervain (poisonous for cattle)

  • White oak

  • Wild cherries

  • Wild indigo

  • Wintergreen (essential oil)

  • Wood sorrel

  • Wormseed

  • Wormwood

  • Yarrow

  • Yellow dock ( large dose can cause diarrhea)

  • Yellow root

Plants that may cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions (in sensitive persons):

  • Blood Staunch

  • Chamomile (ragweed allergy)

  • Cleavers

  • Fennel

  • Feverfew

  • Fleabane

  • German Rue

  • Goldenrod (ragweed allergy)

  • Hops

  • Horehound (plant juice)

  • Mayapple or Maydrake

  • Mayweed

  • Mugwort

  • Peppermint

  • Pipsissewa

  • Shepherd’s purse (seeds)

  • Thyme

  • Wild carrot

  • Yarrow 

Herb Simples / Materia Medica:

  • Agrimony - Used for cough, relaxed bowels and looseness of bowels, chest diseases

  • Angelica - used for kidneys, heart, spleens and to induce perspiration

  • All heal - Colic, gout, liver

  • Ash leaves - gouty conditions, arthritis, dissolves fatty tumors, ringworm

  • Avens herb - Looseness of bowels, heart tonic

  • Balm - cooling in fevers, inducing mild perspiration

  • Balmony - Chronic constipation, indigestion, jaundice, worms in children

  • Barberry - Stps canker, tonic

  • Bayberry bark - Gout, arthritis, rheumatism

  • Blessed thistle - purifies blood, skin diseases, giddiness

  • Bogbean - creates appetite, excites bie, good for gout

  • Blackberry leaves - bowel looseness

  • Black currant leaves - sore throat, coughs, catarrh

  • Bladderwrack - arthritis and rheumatic conditions

  • Blue mallow - coughs and colds

  • Boneset - relieves fever and pains in the bones, asthma, colds, dyspepsia

  • Borage - chest complaints

  • Broom - gall stones, broken bones, cures tumors

  • Buchu - urinary affections and inflammation of bladder

  • Buckbean - liver troubles, skin diseases, arthritis

  • Bugloss - inflammation

  • Burdock - purifying the blood, skin complaints, kidney troubles

  • Burr marigold - gouty conditions

  • Greater Celandine - eye infections, jaundice, sluggish tumors, good for piles

  • Cascara sagrada - constipation

  • Catmint - removes female obstructions, hysteria, giddiness

  • Chamomile - nervous hysteria, nervous complains in women 

  • Cleavers - cooling in fevers, gravel and gallstones, opens pores to remove toxins

  • Cloves - sluggish digestion, toothache

  • Coltsfoot - asthma 

  • Damiana - sexual stimulant

  • Dandelion root - warts, internal disorders

  • Dead nettle - Bruises, Sciatica, gout

  • Elder leaves - colds and coughs

  • Eye bright - weak eyes 

  • Garlic - whooping cough, clear the blood, constipations, clears the bowels

  • Goldenseal - catarrh 

  • Ground ivy - rheumatism, indigestion, kidney complains

  • Heartsease - blood cleanser, fits, itching, pleurisy

  • Hops - strengthens bile, insomnia, blood cleanser

  • Lungwort - cough and chest infections

  • Marigold - skin troubles

  • Mouse ear - whooping cough

  • Nettles -  purifying the blood

  • Pennyroyal - cooling bood of stomach

  • Pilewort - piles

  • Plantain - relief from insect bites

  • Raspberry leaves - easy childbirth

  • Red Clover - blood cleanser

  • Rue - Female disorders

  • Scullcap - Hysteria, nervousness

  • Solomon's seal - bruises, helps circulation

  • Senna leaves - constipation

  • Slippery elm - skin cleanser and tonic

  • Tansy - Hysteria, morning sickness, worms in children, kidneys

  • Vervain - upset stomach

  • Valerian - insomnia, curing pains

  • Violet - cancerous growths of tumors

  • Witch Hazel - bleeding piles, bleeding wounds, cuts, sprains, bruises

  • Wood Sage - removes obstructions in liver and bladder areas

  • Yarrow - skin cleansing, opening pores, removing obstructions

Astringents:

  • Agrimony

  • Barberry (bark)

  • Bayberry (bark)

  • Sage herb

  • Pilewort herb

  • Witch Hazel (twigs)

Bitter tonics:

  • Balmony

  • Barberry (bark)

  • Barberry (root)

  • Bayberry (leaves)

  • Blessed thistle

  • Chamomile (leaves)

  • Dandelion (root)

  • Goldenseal (root)

This project will explore the impact on the lives of people with AIDS with the arrival of a three-drug cocktail therapy. We hope to explore their experience through the following questions:

  • When did you find out you were HIV positive? 

  • What was your medical history prior to 1996?

  • What was your experience with western medicine?

  • Had you tried other things and what were those experiences? Any success?

  • Were there dietary practices that you developed through those? 

  • What challenges did those diets present as well and how did you address them?

  • Did you create a garden or anything of the sort for yourself? How did you acquire these things? What was in your garden? Did it change over time? If no, why and how did you treat ailment? 

  • What happened when the cocktail arrived? What was your experience? 

  • Did you continue the dietary practice that you had before the cocktail, after you began taking meds? Do you still? Are there aspects that remain part of your daily habits? 

  • What kind of physical health needs did this diet address? What kinds of romantic challenges did you also address through the diet? What about the spiritual side?

  • Do you have a spiritual practice? If so, what is it and does it require any sort of ingestion? 

  • Is there a recipe that developed in response to these dietary practice?

  • What was the city like in and after 1996? What impact did that have on your eating habits? The availability of treatment and herbs/vegetables to meet these dietary changes? 

  • How did being on the three-drug cocktail change your life?