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The Intelligence of Plants

16.10.2021 — 30.01.2022

With the exhibition The Intelligence of Plants, the Frankfurter Kunstverein wants to once again contribute to the debate about the Anthropocene: what new understanding of plant life have we humans gained, and what conclusions can we draw from this knowledge. If plants were the first living beings on the planet, they have proven to have developed successful methods to sustain themselves over millions of years despite the five past occurrences of species extinction.

Curator Franzisca Nori

Artists: Berlinde de Bruyckere, Diana Scherer, Nicola Toffolini a.o.

 https://www.fkv.de/en/exhibition/die-intelligenz-der-pflanzen/.   

mhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDHKxDcB9E


Interwoven  acquired by V&A Museum


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Antennae Magazine # 52


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Interview by Dawn Sanders

http://www.antennae.org.uk/

Nature is a concept we have shaped over millennia of images, texts, compositions, constructions, garments, and performances. The trees, the rocks, the air, and the water simply are. They don’t care about us, our desires, spirituality, pasts, and even futures. Nature is in our heads. It is a concept inescapably defined by our histories, our desires, our spirituality, our pasts, and even our futures. It is therefore not a surprise that encountering plants always entails a process of negotiation between one’s own cultural background, race, gender, beliefs, and values. Our coming to terms with the vegetal world is always inescapably mediated by tools or contexts, even when we claim to be objective.


Interwoven is included in the collection of  Centraal Museum Utrecht

From the contemporary art collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders


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Kunstverein Kassel


Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
September 2020 /postponed 2021

Ecological problems are developing with increasing dynamics and relevance: climate change, pol-lutant emissions, loss of land and the dramatic extinction of species make profound transfor-mation processes in all areas of society inevitable. Accordingly, ecological issues are increasingly adressed in mass media discourses, in business, politics, education and art. What can be done in the respective areas? What role do individual and collective actors play?
Following on from concepts of participative art, which the Kasseler Kunstverein recently focused on with “wetransform” (February – March 2019), the project “Artificial Ecologies” explores pos-sibilities for art to act. Art becomes a habitat of the ecological, a creative space of artistic, social and ecological processes.