PLANTSEX

Ciné Lumière at the French Institute / Institut français

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

PLANTSEX

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Tickets £7 / £5 (conc.) available from the Institut Français

On the occasion of the exhibition of visionary artist and healer Emma Kunz, the Serpentine Galleries' General Ecology project presents an evening of talks, screenings and performances reflecting on the long and deep relationship between botany and eroticism. Participants include 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 will also mark the launch of a special, co-edited issue of MAL journal, also titled PLANTSEX. Click 'Read More' for the evening's programme. 

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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, Oceanic Feeling
Laurence Totelin, Orchids and Lettuce: Plants as Sexual Aids in Antiquity
Alex Cecchetti, Belladonna (2016, video and live performance, singers, foley artist)
Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn't be here now (2019, video, 22')

Visual identity: Giles Round

PLANTSEX takes 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 is 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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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

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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

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

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Yi Xiao Chen 2

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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