The work ‘is a rose’ was created by artist Charlotte Triebus in cooperation with the Mirevi Lab and is deals with the interspecies communication between a romantic surveillance state and the actor-network theory. It addresses topics such as agency of animate and inanimate objects and the possibly overcome dichotomy of nature and technology, thereby revealing an equality of agents in a performative framework. Can we concede that each of these agents is capable of a behavior coming close to action?
‘is a rose’ (2019) is a performative installation for and with a moving audience. In the room, nine hanging plants are arranged relative to an LED monitor (1.5 x 1.5 m). Through their leaves, these plants, all of which are hanged up in the Kokedama style – meaning that their roots are arranged in an external sphere – can record the movements of the museum visitors around them. The seismographic sensation of the plants is captured, and it modulates a sphere as raster graphics on the screen, rotating around its own axis in real time. All movements recorded by the plants add up to a collective interaction throughout the day and manifest in an object shown on the screen.
After the premiere of ‘is a rose’ during the exhibition ‘I Engineer’ at the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, the work was also presented at Tanzhaus NRW, at art gallery Priska Pasquer and as part of the tour at the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig.
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