2 - 6pm, Saturday 20th Nov
April Lin, Jenna Sutela, Xiuching Tsay & Rafal Zajko - Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change is a day long exhibition, featuring performances, audiovisual video works, and a plant intimacy workshop, that looks to illustrate or reimagine narratives taken from the plant world, which destabilise anthropocentrism and highlight plant intelligence as a way of (re)thinking how humans function in the world.
Rafal Zajko's performance will cast the well-known Slavic folklore figure Chochol as a symbol of community and awareness. Made from straw-sheafs, Zajko invokes a character traditionally associated with passivity and national apathy, as a warning cry for the ecological crisis.
A collaborative film between April Lin 林森 and ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, 'TR333' (2021) is a speculative construction of a new species of tree for the year 2040, that recasts the ecological crisis from a multispecies and affective gaze.
From the plant world to our gut, Jenna Sutela's 'Holobiont' (2018) zooms from outer space to the gut, where Bacillus subtilis, the nattō bacterium, plays a leading role.
Created especially in response to the exhibition and exhibited here for the first time, Xiuching Tsay presents 'Fertilizer to the Future Body' (2021), a confessional and interactive performance work that highlights our ability to manifest futures, bringing a more hopeful outlook for what's to come.
Seeds of Change hopes to dismantle the centrality of the human subject in the popular imagination, and upturn the animal-plant hierarchy to humble the human experience in favour of plants. Discover work that awakens the cellular consciousness and reconnects you within the larger ecosystem.