Working with structures already present in the Vive les Groues, urban garden in the Nanterre district of Paris, the garden’s yurt was transformed was paired down and transformed into a mediative space. Within the centre a pyre of plants taken from the garden, including Alfalfa, Clover, Fennel, Yarrow, Alinte and Japanese Knotweed, Basil was created. Around which kneeling stools were placed, with three screens looping a video in which images of the Alfalfa plant disappeared. Interjecting this image, a live performance was streamed in which a story about the history garden of the soil through the ages was retold.
Opening/premiere: Vive les Groues, Nanterre, Paris as part of Nuit Blanche on 3rd Oct 2020. Materials: Soil, plants [Alfalfa, Clover, Fennel, Yarrow, Alinte and Japanese Knotweed, Basil], screens, Jitsi, web-browser, Max MSP, open source botanical images.
Team: Teresa Dillon (concept, direction, performance). Production and installation: Irina Bogdan, with thanks to Thom Charli (curator); SCIC La Main (organisers); the team at Vive les Groues and Alberto.