During her year as a postdoctoral fellow in the arts at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Annette Arlander has explored performing with plants. In this presentation, she will show excerpts of the video material she has created by performing for camera with specific trees.
To perform and co-operate with plants and especially trees is an artistic research project, which develops and specifies the question How to perform landscape today? The question is not rhetorical; our relationship to the environment has dramatically changed due to global warming and other more or less manmade disasters and demands new approaches. A post humanist and new materialist perspective prompts us to consider how the surrounding world consists of creatures, life forms and material phenomena with varying degrees of volition, needs and agency, which we depend on and constantly intra-act with. What forms of action, of performing could be relevant in this situation? One possibility is to approach individual elements in a landscape, such as specific trees, and explore what can be done together with them, for instance how to perform for camera together.
For more information on the project, see: Performing with Plants