2021

Participatory installation

>>entangled life is a participatory installation. The installation consists of a mapping of weeds found in the urban landscape. The artist invites the audience into the artwork by asking them to engage by adding their own plants with their own relations and narrative. The artwork becomes an archive of how lived lives are entangled in the urban landscape.

 

When we think of the city as an urban garden, we likely think of weeds. But weeds are all around us, coexisting alien inhabitors in our environment. Most weeds live out of sight yet make up a massively diverse territory of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Could weeds provide the key to understanding how we live and how we think, feel, and behave in our city? Weeds' history is a story of migration with human and other than human species, spread across the globe, embedded in the folklore and the environments surrounding them. However, this may explain their role in the evolution of agriculture and human civilizations and their many uses for medicine, food and soil enhancement.

Røstad investigates the world from a weeds perspective with Entangled Life's installation, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. The urban environment expresses itself in moments of self-willed ecological poetry: emerging from cracks of the sidewalks or in tangled masses along transportation corridors or defiantly through the tattered remains of post-industrial and future ruins. Weeds throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of the life processes. These endlessly surprising organisms can solve problems and manipulate their environment by challenging our behaviour's repercussions with precision.

 

Can weeds change the way we understand ecosystems and our place in the Anthropocene? Despite our best efforts to eradicate or control them, they are here to stay. And they will continue to move, colonize, spread and change. Weeds occupy distinct spaces in our collective consciousness, marked by extreme prejudice, migration and narratives of loss.

By examining weeds on their terms, revealing how they live resilient among us, these extraordinary organisms' histories and our relationships with them change our understanding of how our lives are entangled in the urban landscape.

 

 

Dentangled life was commissioned by Kommunale Galerie Berlin for the exhibition co:exist


Keywords: 

participatory installation, archive, urban landscape, migration, eco system

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