‘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.