You are cordially invited to come and see the Artist Talk by Dominik Fleischmann about his artistic research on the wonders of dying trees and alternative photography processes.
WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER AT 6 PM LIVE & STREAMED
Rotting heartwood, hollow stems, falling branches and leafless crowns. One would think of this as the end. However life inside the tree has already long returned. An alliance of fungi and woodpeckers are among the first to cherish a withering giant. Animals and plants in all of their forms and glory crawl and fly around and in the remains of undying magnificence.
Let trees fade as they grew, slowly and steady, in the midst of all who depended on their being and found by all who are depending on their dying.
Let trees die the way they lived. With infinite grace and infinite patience, nurturing and providing for the life they’ve created.
Unlike most of us rootless creatures, trees keep on giving even with a rotten heart.
Location Admiraal de Ruijterweg 181 1st floor or @cultureland.nl
In collaboration with Framer Framed, we organize a performative lecture with artists Amy Pekal and Marit Mihklepp. The performance On the Nature of a Name will be held outside of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.
When a universal system takes precedent over the particularities of ecologies, complex systems become covered up, disconnected and unmade. The Western knowledge of plant uses is gathered not by listening to the plants themselves but by an instructional knowledge of utility. Artists Amy Pekal and Marit Mihklepp create a playful performative lecture entitled ‘On the Nature of a Name’ that investigates the etymology of plant species. With the use of the Latin and indigenous names in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Pekal and Mihklepp draw attention to the relations between plant species and how they might communicate and evolve with each other. The performance, operating alongside Framer Framed’s exhibition ‘On the Nature of Botanical Gardens’, embodies decolonial lens to challenge the garden and begins to make efforts in the reparations of lost indigenous knowledge within the institutions botanical collection.
Breaking Breakers In A Limbo Space
This Artist Talk will not be publicly accesible.
People celebrated the beauty of broken tulips which had unique flames on the petals in the 17th-century Netherlands. They didn’t know the exquisiteness was caused by the Tulip Breaking Virus.
Contemporary tulip farmers can spot a single broken tulip growing in their fields, and remove it to secure the the unity of tulips. The members of the Wakefield Tulip Society still allow the breaking virus in their tulips. Alexandre Dumas who wrote the novel “The Black Tulip” was half-European and half-Black, as his grandmother was a black slave in Haiti. And I, I have become a black tulip, wearing a black plastic bags on my head.
The idea of beauty, breakers, ruptures, after-images and ghosts in relation to these tulips throughout different times, cultures and histories fascinate and inspire me greatly to create my own theatre – a strange mixture in a limbo space – where all kinds of tulips can sing and shout, interrupt and intersect, integrate and deconstruct, unify and rupture, speak and dance, dream and daydream to break other breakers by becoming a new breaker.