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Messages to a Post-Human Earth

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  • Walking tour
Two people in a park wearing over ear-headphones connected to digital devices which are hanging around their neck. They are both looking down listening to their headphones. One person is holding their hand out.
© Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

What you’ll do

Take an interactive journey through the grounds of St George’s Gardens in Bloomsbury. You will experience a 40-minute audio story featuring augmented reality, which will encourage you to reimagine your relationship with the natural world.  

The story explores the work of evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano on plant intelligence and an essay by science-fiction writer Stanisław Lem, where he suggested encoding messages into the DNA of plants to preserve information for a future world without humans.  

The journey is for two people at a time: you’ll need to book two tickets. You and your partner’s short journeys will be different but linked. Time slots are available to book from 11.00 until 16.20 each day, with the final session finishing at 17.00.

You will be able to participate from paved pathways if going onto the grass is not accessible for you.

‘Messages to a Post Human Earth’ is a work by Anagram, commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, in collaboration with IDFA DocLab R&D Program in Amsterdam and presented by Wellcome Collection. Original concept development by Mike Golembewski. With special thanks to Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the Biological Intelligence (BI) Lab, Southern Cross University.  

This is part of a programme of events for our Rooted Beings exhibition.



Need to know


You will need to be at St George’s Gardens by the start time of your booking. The chapel in the gardens is the meeting point, and is most easily reached from the Wakefield Street gate. The full address is: St George’s Gardens, Wakefield Street, London WC1H 8HZ.

Guaranteed place

For this event, booking a ticket guarantees you a place on the day. We advise arriving 15 minutes before the event starts to take your place.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your collaborators


Anagram is an award-winning creative studio specialising in thought-provoking interactive storytelling and immersive experience design. With a background in documentary film, animation and interactive game design, the studio specialises in exploiting the most recent advances in immersive technologies to create new narrative spaces.

Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institution. Its mission is to build lasting interest in Polish culture globally. The Institute has held over 8,000 cultural events, seen by nearly 60 million viewers in over 70 countries. It also runs the CULTURE.PL website – a daily updated news service about the most interesting events and phenomena related to Polish culture.