“Us transluscent models”




In the theatre space, the plants are brought on stage to become passive protagonists. They are connected by different sensors and are surrounded by a screen with the main light source. The choice of screen is intended to be a plant-derived material such as linen.


The performance is divided into three chapters


Chapter 1 Primitive

In this stage we will use the collected data to express the interaction between the plant and the environment in a visual and acoustic way. This chapter is based on the primitive state of electrical conductivity.

Soundscapes are based on the re-mixing of sound of plants, collected by conductive sensor. Meanwhile, we use auto-tuned vocal, telling the story of the history of plants, and how they migrated to the Netherlands.    


Chapter 2 communication

We use audio-visual improvisation to present the situation of the plants. In the context, some of them are defined as invasive plants ( which is a racist concept), some of them are defined as highly commercial-uses plants (gardening). The concept of defining their character, values in a way is neglecting the process of how they survive in a new environment ( can be competitive, invasive,   also can be restrained, harmonious).


Chapter 3 Evidence

In this chapter we want the audience to be participants as well as performers. The interaction from the audience makes a useful or useless communication to the performance environment and the plants. The new data will be reacted on to the screen as images of tiled Arabic numerals. The initially collected sounds of the plant currents will also be shown.




WHY

The process of urbanization has flattened the diversity of plants, which can be found everywhere in the Netherlands as a product of urban planning, passive and deliberate. They are no longer nature's nature, but are used as decoration, a kind of frame for a painting, an artificiality nature that retains its biology as part of nature, but whose diversity as a whole plant system has been dismantled.

In this performance, plants as symbolic models allude to 'human beings', illustrating when we are in the new system, and trying to build the relationship with it, what we can relay on? Our cultural background? Personal identity? Social standard?  Or Sensory information?  

The project is not about studying plants as physical objects, but about seeing plants as natural systems in their entirety, and presenting the complex relationships inside out. Sound-image interaction is the method, and the plants represent the conversations between artist and the digital system.

Can humans finally translucence themselves, growing and building at the same time as nature, without knowing its background? The whole performance will provide a parallel relational experience for all, asking questions and allowing participants to think about the answers.