The Darkest Flower // together with Herwig Scherabon

3-D animation + video and sound, 01:58. 2019

Text read in by Teddy Green

 

Stills from the video

POEM FROM THE VIDEO

 

'all i see is leaves

im somewhere in between

 

im a weed im a weed im a weed

im a weed im a weed im a weed

 

outcome of human interaction too real

i govern my sovereign territory of a nomans land

a side behind a train station

an abandoned garden

a place untamed and unimagined

a place not needed...

un-everything

 

and i weed and i weed and i weed

and i weed and i weed and i weed

 

i will crawl through your dead bodies of greed

i will b the last leaf standing

i will b the one to show…

that unwanted is what survives

we are born from what is left behind

we are the leaves that decorate your graves

we die on purpose to transform

we are the seeds of undiscovered lands

the children of unknown

we are just being born

 

all i see is leaves'

 

SHORT CONCEPT

 

As plants have agency and objects contain transcendence we find the chaos of birth as well as the darkness of death in all life around us. Nature is not a sunset in Bali but the sum of all things that happened and possibly can happen inherent in all life. A piece of paper or a a crystal on an LCD screen are as much nature as the flowers they show.

 

A 3D scan or an origami folding is a snapshot of an object. They are frozen images in a vast space captured in a short moment of eternity. On screen they are merely holographic ghosts and they speak to us from a place where there is no time and space. These plants are not plants but they are the narrative of the material with which they were created. Or they are the carbon they will release once they are dead. If we look at this screen we do not really see flowers but in fact we see the darkness that lies within all life.

 

SCREENINGS

 

2020 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna season finale: Rundgang, amantes amentes amateurs, Topkino, Vienna, Austria