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PLANTS AND PEOPLE. WITH A TWIST.


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PLANTS AND PEOPLE. WITH A TWIST.


Haenke is a Prague-based project championing the importance of plants in society through a series of bespoke events and immersive installations. Our mission is to promote plant research and its potential in tackling global issues from anti-microbial resistance, protection of the Amazon forest or current challenges in urban lifestyle. Through our activities, we seek to raise awareness about the function and uses of plants all around the world, from medicine to architecture, from fashion to design.


INTRODUCING PLÆNTR

Get the best of your green thumb with our new planter designed by the award-winning studio deFORM. Inspired by the classic terracota pot, the first batch was made by ceramists Martina Hudečková and Ĺubomír Ontkóc in their Prague studio. Using leftover material from previous projects and locally sourced clay, plæntr has nearly zero carbon footprint. Get it on our e-shop.


ABOUT HAENKE

Humanity faces several major challenges today – some of them are directly related to public health such as climate change, anti-microbial resistance or the challenges of urban lifestyle. We believe that plant research may bring solutions to at least some of the global threaths. There are 400 thousand plant species in the world and only 2% have been scientifically studied. But it has already been proven certain plants have anti-microbial properties while others help clean air in interiors, not to mention the psychological value plants and nature bring to our lives. As the importance of sustainable lifestyle is increasingly growing, people tend to reach towards herbal remedies as an organic, natural alternative to synthetic medicine. Available information, however, are not always correct and reliable, and it is therefore vital to provide a trusted source based on scientific research.

Haenke was conceived in early 2017 by French ethnobotanist Julien Antih. His idea comes as a response to lack of scientifically-proven resources about the use of plants - both medicinal and ornamental - available to wide public. As the importance of sustainable lifestyle is increasingly growing, city dwellers tend to reach towards herbal remedies as an organic, natural alternative to synthetic medicine. Available information, however, are not always correct and reliable, and it is therefore vital to provide a trusted source based on scientific research, mainly ethnobotany, phytotherapy, and pharmacognosy. Julien originally trained as a pharmacist, specialising in pharmacognosy and phytotherapy through research at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University of London and Universidad de Barcelona.

 
Photography: Adriana Fialová for Forbes.cz

Photography: Adriana Fialová for Forbes.cz

 

The project's name is inspired by Thaddaus Häenke, famed explorer and botanist who is sometimes dubbed "Czech Humboldt". Häenke was born in a tiny little village in Bohemia but spent most of his life on scientific expeditions around the globe where he collected thousands of plants, described its uses and even contributed to the creation of the smallpox vaccine. He died in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1816. By naming our project after him, we intend to pay him a long deserved tribute.

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PROJECTS


PROJECTS


INSTALLATIONS

Victoria pragensis

A botanical labyrinth exploring the role of nature in public space.

_ National Theatre in Prague, 2017

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Delicatessen

Plants as food, food as plants.

_ Designblok, 2017

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Brutal Green

What are the psychologic benefits of plants in offces?

_ Czech Centre London, 2017

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Manifesto Market

On urban greenery.

_ reSITE, 2018

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Lucerna Palace Rooftop

Five gardens. Six trees. Tens of herbs and edible plants. All for the benefit of both human and animal inhabitans of the city.

_ Střecha Lucerny, 2018 - 2019

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#Plantlover

Recreating a typical room of a plant-loving millenial.

_ Praha, Fórum pro architekturu a média, Brno 2019

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Tangible Territory

A multisensory journey to rediscover one’s childhood connection to nature.

_ Prague Quadriennal 2019

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Eska

A celebration of Czech woodlands and meadows in a non-traditional setting.

_ Eska Karlín 2019


WORKSHOPS

As part of our mission to promote the use of plants in our lives, we regularly hold workshops whose aim is to raise awareness about phytotherapy and to teach the public how to work with medicinal plants when making your own natural cosmetics or herbal medicine. Past seasons’ topics included plant tips on how to combat stress and anxiety, how to make a perfumed water from essential oils or create a bespoke cold cream against dry skin, all based purely on natural ingredients, free from dubious chemicals and friendly to both your skin and our planet.

We’re currently redesigning the entire programme and will have more news in due course.


COLLABORATIONS

We think conceptually about plants and their role both in cities and within specific venue or events. We’re neither landscape architects nor gardeners yet a bit of both and much beyond. We do love dig into soil as well as into the rich cultural and social connotations plants represent to us.


Where you could see our installations, talks, workshops and other projects:

Where else can you see our plants growing?

Want to work together? Let us know!


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CONTACT


CONTACT


HÆNKE

say hello:

hello@haenke.cz

 

Julien Antih

science and research

e julien@haenke.cz

Alexandra Střelcová

strategic partnerships, contact for press

e alexandra@haenke.cz

t 776 59 75 76


Hænke Botanical Lab

Chvalova 12

Prague 3 - Žižkov 130 00

Opening hours: Mo - Fri 13 - 19h

 

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DISCLAIMER

The fundamental mission of our project is to inform the public about medicinal plants and its role in the context of public health. Information provided hereby aim to improve your relationship with medicine, not to substitute it. Using medicinal plants and products made of them must under no circumstances serve as a substitution or addition to medical treatment without prior consultation of a doctor. Information hereby stated are not intended to children, patients already suffering with common disease or pregnant and lactating women, unless stated otherwise. When you buy and use medicinal plants and plant-based products, always prefer good-quality brands, ideally organic, or those whose sourcing can be easily traced. Always make sure you are buying the right plant - it is always its Latin name, gender and type (eg. mint = mentha piperita). To avoid fakes, don't buy plants on the Internet or from dubious resources. Taking medicine in combination with medicinal plants or products based on medicinal plants may provoke side effects - always consult your GP before using them.