Reverse the Continental Drift
‘Phylloxera Vastarix’ is a parasite that originated in North America and infests the roots of vines. It is, in a manner of speaking, emblematic for GRAFT. In the mid-19th-century, it spread across Europe, infesting the native vines of European vineyards. Within a short space of time, one of the most prestigious, identity-forming cultural achievements of the Occident was at risk of being extinguished. The historical irony is that to save them, American wild roots were imported that had developed an immunity to the parasite: by grafting the celebrated, aristocratic scion onto the wild, resistant roof of the New World, a robust hybrid was created. Its purity was sacrificed in the interests of survival and fertility.