named after Men
"named after Men" is a data art project that reflects on the connection of sciences and colonialism. Everyday a plant that pays homage to a male botanist is posted on the website. Information from botanical databases gives us clues about who names the plant, when it was catalogued, and where it is native to.
Modern biology as a scientific practice has an intricate relationship with colonial structures. Using the botanical naming system as an example this project aims to reveal this connection. Instead of taking morphological, contextual, or local cultural aspects into consideration while naming a new species, many scientists have chosen to name their “discoveries” after relatives, donors, or themselves. This personal, even emotional, practice goes against the claims for objectivity, impartiality, and neutrality in the sciences.