by Barbara Visser
'Herbarium' is a cinematographic observation based on the changes in the classification of plants. Going from classical taxonomy to genetic data-storage, Visser wonders what is left when the plant its separated from its physical features. What is a plant to us, without the sensation of smell, texture and its visual appearance?
In a long abandoned tropical greenhouse formerly used by the biology faculty of Wageningen University, during a full moon night, the dry plants are reanimated, in a visual language where nature is shown as an artefact, devoid of any natural context.
First shown at the exhibition (Re)Source in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Courtesy Beelden op de Berg/ Annet Gelink Gallery
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