Julia Rosenstock — Meadow of carnivore plants
Mixed media, two-channel installation, 10 min loop, 85 × 55 × 165 cm
Meadow of carnivore plants is a Venus flytrap biotope staged on C-stands which is accompanied by an audio narrative via wireless headphones. This piece of landscape, cut out of any kind of spatial context, is reminiscent of a typical museum diorama.
Dioramas usually function as an apparatus of representation. In natural history museums, for example, the diorama sets the stage to teach about nature and science and thus establishes a certain knowledge of the world.
Yet in this diorama, the surface that renders the illusion of a naturalistic landscape is stripped away, glitches.
Sound in collaboration with Lukas Mogwitz, voice by Josie Haar , sound technical assistance by Simon Schötz
B.A. graduation project, Winter 2020/21
Venus flytrap [Dionaea muscipula]: carnivorous, rhizome-forming, grows in nutrient-poor soil, depends on periodic natural fires every 3–5 years.
Who said anything about winning?
Tell me tales of plants that grow somewhere else than up.
Does it exist if it doesn’t fit your expectations?
Show me what lies underneath the rendering of progress.
As the surface is peeling, can you feel the pressure?
I’ve heard that good destruction requires care:
- Empty it of its substance
- Step to the side
- Watch it expire