The Darkest Flower

together with Herwig Scherabon
3-D animation + video and sound
text read in by Teddy Green

Stills 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...

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'


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.


2020, Kassel's documentary Film and Video Festival, online screening
2020 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna season finale: Rundgang, amantes amentes amateurs, Topkino, Vienna, Austria