Over the course of a fortnight, I have sonically investigated the Oosterpark in Amsterdam. I was not listening to something or someone, but to the in between, a reverberating space acoustically modulated by human and nonhuman. Largely informed by a Plant-Thinking method, I consider this practice as a point of contact for a shared experience with the botanical realm, avoiding at all costs to interpret what the other hears or feels but to investigate the possibilities of oscillating world in which we contingently evolve. My role as a field recordist was to compose pieces that attempts to render this entangled sonic encounter. It is an alternative sensitivity to vibrational world shared between the human and the flora. The creation of sonic fictionality challenges, as Salomé Voegelin proposes, the singularity of the actual world in favour of a shift towards plurality. This is achieved, for instance, by exploring outside of human perception or by rooting oneself somewhere over the course of a longer period of time, in order to experience other senses of temporality.  














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Subtleness of Violence

These pictures seek to use the pastoral / picturesque visual vocabulary in order to challenge this very vocabulary and to underline how out of tune western landscape depiction is from the plant inhabiting these spaces.



Cloudy Vale

This triptych depicts a vale in the Scottish Highlands. It challenges the picturesque aesthetics. On the one hand, western aesthetic of nature is largely guided by pastoral and romantic principals and the Glencoe area is without a doubt a canon of this, at least in literature and visual arts. But on the other hand, this landscape exists like this only because it was moulded by human interventions which impoverished this ecosystem and resulted in a soil prompt to erosion and runoff.



Dandelion and the Rapeseed

In the foreground of this picture, there is the pappus of a dandelion emerging through a patch of grass at the edge of a rapeseed field. Aesthetically, the picture is picturesque. Here, what I am interested in is to see the rapeseed as the lack of what Anna Tsing calls “contamination”, and therefore, a specimen segregate from the others, but also to see the dandelion as the response to such containment, what Tim Ingold would refer to as “leakage”. Rapeseed cultivation is a monoculture deprive of the biodiversity needed for a sustainable agriculture. The act of violence is not seen but it is still there. For monoculture to survive, there is a need to use vast amount of pesticides, to sicken the soil because of the plant’s inability to defend itself and strive on their own.







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