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Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory 

Proposal #2 created by Juls Gabs

This project discuss the relation between Capitalism and Nature.


Socio-economic reflexion of human control over nature, resulting in a progressive impact of global warming and climate change that cyclically attacks the most vulnerable parts of society.

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Proposed Project: Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory #2  created by Juls Gabs

The human race was originally nomadic, moving to different locations following food, hunting animals and collecting fruits and vegetables. This is also the behaviour of wild animals. This pattern helps pollination, the spreading of seeds and organic matter, essential for the growth and expansion of the terrestrial ecosystem.


The moment we became sedentary, by inventing ranches and farming, we stepped out of the Natural Cycle.

A NON-MIGRANT society, could be very damaging for the planet. Not necessary but ours definitely has. We have accumulated garbage of both organic and inorganic matter that will remain over millennial for archaeologist to discover. One of the great examples of this is Monte Testaccio in Rome, an artificial mountain created by accumulated broken ancient Roman pottery. The pottery was used to transport oil and other goods for the trade market.


A NON-MIGRANT society also exhausts the natural resources around the place, mass producing meat, exhausting the cultivated land, accusing deforestation and activating mining. Once our territory is totally used we will exploit others.


A NON-MIGRANT society requires Ownership. We build shelters that call houses and fill with artefacts. We use and work a land we call Ours. Owning gives you Control over a space and everything within. We built society based on relationships with people around us, these relationships and culture in common are now called Identity or Native Culture. To protect the control from relationships with others we created Laws and ultimately Government. But control  has a length, so we built Borders.


This sedentary society is not only non spreading seeds and pollination, it also blocks the spread of passengers, ideas, experiences and knowledge.

By blocking Migration we have become an anti-Natural race

How did it start

Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory

Project #1 created by Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

The first part of this project started last year as a collaboration between Producer and Concept Creator Kamila Szymkiewicz and Painter and Digital Artist Juls Gabs. 
The original idea was to create a painting from the Desktop Landscape of Windows 95 and explore Nature and Capitalism.
Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory  #1
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This piece was exhibited at

 Ex_xTension Exhibition

3 Angel Square, EC1V 1NY London

Preview: Thursday  15 September (5-9pm)
Exhibition: 16 - 25 September 2022

Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory #1
by Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

Digital painting on cotton canvas 5x1.5m created by Juls, 2x Hand tufting rugs created 50x60cm by Kamila, 3x Floral scarves 85x85cm on natural silk created by Juls

Production steps

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Windows Dekstop

The idea was initiated by the Windows Desktop 95, as inspiration from that memory from our Childhood that is part now of Digital history.


Invert the process of artificial. Starting from a digital landscape  to a physical object.

Vertical Landscape

When you think of a landscape in painting, straightaway comes the horizontal composition to your head. I want my paintings to surprise. As Philip Guston was trying to paint, without the influence from previous images. Trying a vertical landscape forced me to find drawing solutions out of old masters previous paintings.

Juls Gabs vertical landscape
Juls Gabs vertical landscape

360˚ Image

To achieve the transition between front and top I took example from 360˚ formats. I have used this immersive format before, for digital images but never tried for a physical space.


This piece was a technical challenge for me. Ultimately I transferred the Digital tool into a physical element (the canvas) and through calculations I created a transition for the height of the painting.

Nature and Capitalism

This piece was exploring in rectangular format, the artificialization of growing grass.


Nature grow freely  under our cities and above. Yet, we purchase grass for $60/m2 [sixty dollars per square meter]. The more I researched into it, the more I found how relevant this concept is and there is so much more that has to express. This inevitably lead me to expand this project into


Encrypted in my Childhood Memory #2

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Juls Gabs Nature and Capitalism

Continuing to project #2

Created by Juls Gabs

We have reached a point where changes in the climate are rapidly increasing, causing destructive climates that are affecting economies. Some economists are now considering natural resources as an economic asset. Ecological capital is a term given to the principal stock of ecosystems that provide a flow of goods for public benefits and trades in markets, and they study the value of, for example in trees, the wood provided and the opportunity costs for the atmosphere and bio fauna.


Example: The price of the tree

A tree is a natural filter that absorbs CO2 from the Atmosphere

The price of the tree is not only equivalent to the amount of wood produced. Is the implication that cutting the tree will have to the ecosystem and groups of people around. The price of the tree is the CO2 released in the climate by not having that tree.


Depletion and degradation of ecosystems are threatening the prosperity and stability of economies, and countries like Netherlands and Germany are taking measurements to study this and organise group of experts to work closely with farmers and industries and reduce the pollution while increasing benefits.


Natural Capital Accounting is a tool to measure the changes, based on the SEEA statistics, in the stock of natural capital at a variety of scales. Its aim is to combine a sustainable system that combines People, Planet and Profit. It integrates the value of ecosystem into accounting and reporting systems. Natural capital has financial value as the use of natural capital drives many businesses and International matters.


Basically it is valuing, in monetary terms, every tree, field, water source and mountain we have, based on the SEEA data. And propose organised, efficient and sustainable policies to better run our lands and business in every country. Everything based on, not only producing more benefits, but to avoid natural catastrophes that would produce hight costs for farmers, business and companies.

But there is a dangerous end where this studies and policies could drive us and that is the Privatisation of Natural Resources.


*Along with economy, there are other entities like Health that are also working acknowledging how interconnected environment, animals and people's health are. This is called the One Health concept. For achieving health we must have healthy animals and healthy environment. The most clear example was when deforestation in Africa forced a group of bats to migrate closer to a human population. This interaction produced the Ebola, a disease that by today has produce over human 10,000 fatalities.

Extensions in the new piece

Growing under your feet

After the exhibition I understood that it we want to represent nature we have to overcome the rectangular frame, referring that it is intimately present and needed in the space we live. 


Starting from the square Windows screen, growing towards wider and spreading organic shapes that slowly materialised in textiles and glass sculptures. (from concept to physical) Taking over the viewer space but also provoking an invitation to walk on the painting.

Glass Organic shapes

Representing how real is this concept in our existence. These blowed glass sculptures will increase gradually in size, starting from small bubbles near the wall and become invasive and spread the closer they get to the viewer reality.

Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz tufting materials

Hand Punch Needle

As with the glass bubbles, the small  and flatter parts of the tufting materials will be closer to the wall and they must grow in surface and volume the closer the are from the viewer point. These rugs will be tufted directly on the painting, forming a sole piece with it.

The edges of the canvas will also be reinforce with thread embroidered  around the canvas.

Painting Extensions

To create this scenario  I must extend the painting on the floor. Inspired by the Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed and the gravity in his works. The canvas falls on the floor and transform into a field, and must behave as one.  

The current rectangular digital painting has a length of 1.5 meters wide to 4.85 meters long. the extension that I am planning has around 8x8 meters surface.

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