An exhibition with Alexandra Duvekot, Søren Lyngsø Knudsen and Birgitte Kristensen, Carlo Patrão, and Bartholomäus Traubeck + selected resources on the topic of plant communication by Daniel Chamovitz, Mort Garson, Roger Roger and Martin Monestier, Molly Roth, and Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird and Walden Green (The Secret Life of Plants) – curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.
Exhibition from 10.09.2014 until 14.09.2014
Suite (Botanique) coincides with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and can be visited during the festival hours at TivoliVredenburg.
‘O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, ‘I wish you could talk!’ ‘We can talk,’ said the Tiger-lily: ‘when there’s anybody worth talking to.’ […] ‘And can all the flowers talk?’ ‘As well as you can,’ said the Tiger-lily. ‘And a great deal louder.’ ‘It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know,’ said the Rose, ‘and I really was wondering when you’d speak!’ […] – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
The exhibition Suite (Botanique) looks into the subject of plant communication, as to propose new ways for humans of thinking with plants by means of affective, non-cognitive dialogues. A type of “thinking without the head” that prompts tacit sensitivity and sensuous modes of exchange. In that, the exhibition aims to overcome the common idea that plants are barely animate objects, and should instead be regarded as partners in our daily living and working practices. Suite (Botanique) includes a number of sound installations: The Plant Orchestra consists of a performance and a lecture by Alexandra Duvekot, in which she addresses the sounds uttered by plants that are inaudible by the human ear, and talks about how sound could function in the treatment of sick plants. The work Years by Bartholomäus Traubeck is an installation based on a generative process that translates data retrieved from the year rings of trees into piano music. Furthermore, a Suites pace will host a number of resources, among various vinyl records on the subject of plant communication, including The Forest Organ by Søren Lyngsø Knudsen and Birgitte Kristensen, alongside a radio broadcast on plant consciousness by Carlo Patrão. Ultimately, these artistic positions and experiments might as well be considered as intermediaries between plants and humans, as attempts at bridging certain persistent incomprehensions and miscommunications in the key of developing a shared language.
Vinyl Record Catalogue
To coincide with the exhibition, a catalogue in the shape of a seven inch vinyl record (transparent green) will be made available in an edition of 200. The record contains excerpts from works by Alexandra Duvekot and Bartholomäus Traubeck, and is designed by Quinten Swagerman and Thomas van der Vlis. The record can be pre-ordered and reserved by sending an e-mail to email@example.com – to be retrieved for €10 at the exhibition venue.
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