Jukai-Ryokō / 樹海旅行 [Reisendes Meer aus Bäumen]

The world is on the move. Flexibility is the order of the day. Rootedness is out. People and animals are traveling and migrating. But what about the plants? In the context of dramatic climatic changes, the two artists Tomas Kleiner and Marco Biermann dedicated their collaboration to the situation of plants, which are often at the mercy of rapid changes living conditions due to their rootedness and spatial inability to move. While humans and animals can quick and flexible open up new habitats, the flora threatens to fall by the wayside due to its flexibility. The project shows an experimental, existential and humorous examination of this current topic.

In what way would a young beech most like to travel – on land, on water, or in the air? What precautions must be taken to take a tomato plant healthy in the Arctic Circle? How can house plants and greens strip fragments be integrated into automated and permanently moving transport processes? And how can plants become a permanent part of our turbulent everyday life? The exhibition entitled „Jukai-Ryokō“ shows the first process-based visibility of the larger-scale project. The exhibition space of Nails-projectroom will be transformed into research and action space, within which the first working fragments, artistic-model experiments and discussions will take place, in order to pursue the above-mentioned question and to open up a social discourse on them.

The project is intended to become a flexible laboratory of scientific and artistic collaboration, in the context of which, over the years, diverse artistic forms and visibility can be created in accordance with the obstacles and hurdles.

The project is supported by the Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW and Baumschule Schmitz

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