PLANTSEX

Ciné Lumière at the French Institute / Institut français

12 Apr 2019 - 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

PLANTSEX

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Click here to find out about our next General Ecology event - The Shape of A Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants

On the occasion of the exhibition of visionary artist and healer Emma Kunz, the Serpentine Galleries' General Ecology project presented an evening of talks, screenings and performances reflecting on the long and deep relationship between botany and eroticism. Participants included Chloe Aridjis, Alex Cecchetti, Emanuele Coccia, Jenna Sutela, Laurence Totelin and more, as well as films by Melanie Bonajo, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Victoria Sin. The evening marked the launch of a special, co-edited issue of MAL journal, also titled PLANTSEX.  

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Ciné Lumière
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT (map)

PROGRAMME: 6:30-10:30pm


Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil: Fake Paradise (2015, video, 32')
Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos, Introduction
Maria Dimitrova, MAL
Chloe Aridjis, Uprooted
Dineo Seshee Bopape, Feelin Cosmic (2008, video, 2')
Emanuele Coccia, Sex through a Third Party: Flowers and Pollination
Jenna Sutela, Let's Play: Life, 2015, audio broadcast, 3’11”
Laurence Totelin, Orchids and Lettuce: Plants as Sexual Aids in Antiquity
Alex Cecchetti, Belladonna, 2016
Video and live performance with Rebecca Glover, Matt Harding, Cathy Heller Jones and Ivo Krankowski
Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn't be here now (2019, video, 22')
Jenna SutelaOceanic Feeling
Live reading with video by Liquid Light Lab


Visual identity: Giles Round

PLANTSEX took place as a prelude to the forthcoming The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants, the third instalment in the Serpentine's year-long symposium and research project on interspecies consciousness, part of the General Ecology project. 

PLANTSEX was curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine), writer and editor Filipa Ramos and Kostas Stasinopoulos (Assistant Curator, Live Programmes, Serpentine). Producer: Holly Shuttleworth.

In partnership with the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and with the support of Fluxus Art Projects.

MAL's special issue: PLANTSEX is co-edited by Maria Dimitrova, Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos and Kostas Stasinopoulos. 
MAL is supported by Feeld, the dating app open to all genders and sexual identities.

 

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Emanuele Coccia Plantsex

Emanuele Coccia Plantsex

Emanuele Coccia, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Laurence Totelin Plantsex

Laurence Totelin Plantsex

Laurence Totelin, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Victoria Sin Plantsex

Victoria Sin Plantsex

Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn't be here now, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Mal journal Plantsex

Mal journal Plantsex

Mal Journal special issue, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Chloe Aridjis, Plantsex

Chloe Aridjis, Plantsex

Chloe Aridjis, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Alex Cecchetti Belladonna Plantsex 2

Alex Cecchetti Belladonna Plantsex 2

Alex Cecchetti, Belladonna, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
Jenna Sutela, Plantsex

Jenna Sutela, Plantsex

Jenna Sutela, Oceanic Feeling, PLANTSEX, 12 April 2019, in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Mal Journal © Talie Rose Eigeland
PLANTSEX

PLANTSEX

Alex Cecchetti, Melograno

Alex Cecchetti

Melograni (love probability), 2019

Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm

Melanie Bonajo Nightsoil

Melanie Bonajo

Night Soil - Fake Paradise, 2014

full HD one-channel colour video with sound, 33'9"

Courtesy of the artist and AKINCI

Emma Kunz marigolds 2

Emma Kunz marigolds 2

Marigolds polarised by Emma Kunz, 1953
Dineo Seshee Bopape, Feeling Cosmic

Dineo Seshee Bopape, Feeling Cosmic

Dineo Seshee Bopape, feelin cosmic, 2008, SD digital video, 1'34"

© 2011 Brodie/Stevenson

Yi Xiao Chen

Yi Xiao Chen

Yi Xiao Chen for Mal Journal, 2019, ink on archival paper

Melanie Bonajo Nightsoil

Melanie Bonajo

Night Soil - Fake Paradise, 2014

full HD one-channel colour video with sound, 33'9"

Courtesy of the artist and AKINCI

Alex Cecchetti, Goddess of Mycenaeans

Alex Cecchetti

Goddess of Mycenaeans, 2018

Watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm

Yi Xiao Chen 2

Yi Xiao Chen 2

Yi Xiao Chen for Mal Journal, 2019, ink on archival paper
Victoria Sin, If I had the words

Victoria Sin, If I had the words

Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn't be here now, Chi-Wen Gallery 2019. Photo by Ivy Tzai.
Emma Kunz marigolds 3

Emma Kunz marigolds 3

Marigolds polarised by Emma Kunz, 1953