Two Narcotics Tracing a Cluster Inside a Dreaming Spiral

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Charles Darwin, together with his son Francis, carefully studied the movement of different species of plants, writing a 592 pages long treatise about their various movements. “The Power of Movements in Plants” (1880), classifies them by their types of reaction to external stimuli, and aims to demonstrate certain similarities between lower species of animals and plants. 

In the catalogue are included some maps on narcotic plants’ movements. By working with two of them: Nicotiana Tabacum (Nicotine) and Ipomoea Caerulea (Lisergic acid), it appears that both have healing qualities, as indicated by Schultes and Hoffman in their research on medicinal plants in the Americas. In their book, these researchers state that tobacco and ipomoea genuses were used for healing purposes during Aztec rituals and still used by Zapotec communities in Oaxaca.

The work places the two plants as if they where agents whose movement surpasses the control mechanisms and devices of the scientists, and animate themselves as they escape from Darwin’s treatise, thus becoming autonomous subjects, able to trace their own mapping of an imaginary cluster of stars.