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CONTENT A LLOT [2014] * INTRODUCTION * GROWTH * CONSERVATION TREASURE OF THE BEE [2013] HEAL ME- HURT ME [2011 - 2014] MEMORY OF THE TREES [2011 - 2012]


FROM NOTHING TO A [L]LOT


A LLOT - INTRODUCTION


Currently the popularity of gardening and allotment gardens is rising in Europe or even worldwide followed by the desire to grow own fruit and vegetables. Reasons for this development are quite divers: mistrust in food, poverty as result of economical crisis, relaxation from work, alienation from nature, etc. Leipzig is regarded as the unofficial capital of the allotment gardens: Firstly, because the idea of the collective garden that governs itself is created there. Secondly, Leipzig is the city with the world’s highest density of allotments (about 6% compared to 1.5% in German and other European cities).Last but not least the allotments in the former GDR were of great importance with respect to social reasons, but also to the production of fruits and vegetables. In the 70s and 80s there was regularly spoken of ‘self-sufficiency’. Gardeners were stimulated to provide themselves and others with their own products. Names of products and slogans should motivate and lead people, but were also misleading. The re-interpretation of these, but also today’s advertising slogans were used as inspiration for the project A LLOT- a project developed in 3 parts: Schollensystem To document the approx. 270 allotments seemed to be an unrealistic intention. Nevertheless to get an impression about their density in the city of Leipzig two maps were drawn: 1) ‘Schollenkarte’ – a map showing the current situation, isolated from the rest of the city structure as a standalone system in the city with its own rules and laws. 2) ‘Wachstumskarte’ – a map showing the emergence and growth of the allotments in the city through the past 150 years.


A LLOT - KONTROLLE, SCHUTZ UND ABWEHR


Ein schรถner Garten ist ein produktiver Garten During the GDR there were three reasons which made it attractive to operate efficiently in the allotment garden: Because of a lack of variety in the offer of fruit and vegetables, it was interesting to grow for own use and to expand the variety of the own menu. Secondly there was a guaranteed buy up of overproduction from the state and last but not least there was barter for specific products from the garden for goods that did not exist in shops. But- the productive garden lost his importance in our days in the allotments. At the same time unnatural looking plastic objects in a lot of gardens got my attention which I could not interpret during my fieldtrips. Where these relicts from former times, which were used in bigger amounts or where these objects from our times? My questions led me to the State Archives, where I could sight through old historical material about allotment gardens, but also to garden centers and to internet sites to find out about the history, background and the use of these objects: As in former times plastic structures where mainly used to rise the production, in our times plastic is used against the fear and powerlessness: Plastic film in all kind of forms and sizes should be the solution for any problem: Control, protection and defense is promised in the battle against the wild, untamed nature. The idea was born to build an installation on site as an efficient and productive garden which guaranteed 100% control, protection and defense.


# Sorgt für kontrolliertes Wachstum # Kontrolliert das Wurzelwachstum stark # Mitwachsende Frühbeetfolie # M Sturm, Regen/ Schützt vor Insekten, Käfern, Schnecken/ Schützt vor Wildverbiss # Schutz und sogleich eine Zierd maschigem Drahtgewebe # Pflanzenleine # Schützt und gleichzeitig attraktive Beeteinfassung # Baumschutzspr


Mitwachsende Tomatenschutzhaube (wächst mit der Pflanze mit) # Engmaschiges Schutznetz (Schützt vor Wind, de für den Garten # Effektiver Schutz # Absolute Sicherheit garantiert # Unüberwindbare Hürde aus feinrirale # Ernteschutz # Kälteschutz # Sonnenschutz # Vogelschutznetz (schützt Früchte vor Vogelfrass) # etc.


A LLOT - APFELTRAUM


Verwenden statt verschwenden Because of GDR having been a closed country with almost no import, people were asked to treat food economically, which meant not to throw away food, but to use it. An ambitious aim and a very sustained and progressive thought from the perspective of today’s throwaway society. An apple glut in the late 80s led even to the fact that companies were obliged to serve apples for dessert to employees, because there was no other way to ‘get rid of the apples’. What could not be directly utilized, was sold, bartered or preserved or- counted, recorded and archived. These aspects were the inspiration for this work- a reaction or reinterpretation of the former phenomenon of sustainability. Apples and potatoes - symbolically used for fruit and vegetables- were decomposed to their components by using the machine called Apfeltraum (=appledream) and were dried and counted in homemade, counting frames. All parts of the fruit have a function and therefore can (again) be recycled. Collections of cores, slices and skins show the variety in their uniformity and remind of compositions of music or text. At the same time the consistent rhyme, structure and ordering symbolizes the garden itself … The place where everything started.


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FROM OPULENCE TO EMPTINESS


TREASURE OF THE BEE


How will we feed the growing population? Do we choose industrial agriculture with genetically modified crops or just the small-scale organic farming? One of the hardest workers in agriculture is often forgotten in this debate: the bee. The bee is responsible for about one third of our food. Without pollination there would be a lot less fruit and vegetables as apples, pears, berries, peaches or asparagus. But the situation of the bee is dramatic. This project shows what we miss when the bee would no longer be there. Without her, our food would be scarce, less colorful and less flavorful.
 Still lifes from the Golden Age are chosen, a period with prosperity and abundance. A balanced composition, color, surface distribution and material expression characterize them. 
In the re-interpretation of them elements where the bee is responsible for, were removed- with the result of original carefully arranged compositions getting out of balance. This could be seen symbolically for our ecosystem getting out of balance without the bee. It’s not the acces-sories that the emptiness and impermanence show, but the remained holes in the composition. The missing fruits, vegetables and flowers are photographed separately and systematically arranged, a reference to the systematic working method of the bee. Shown as exhibition they are hidden in wooden frames from and in a hive.


Ambrosius Bosschaert de Oude 1612 Still life with flowers in a vase with butterfly and shell on the foreground


Re-interpretation Ambrosius Bosschaert de Oude 2013 Still life without flowers in a vase with butterfly and shell on the foreground


FROM SEED TO PERSONALITY


HEAL ME- HURT ME


Meet the Nightshadow family. Its members include familiar favourites like the potato, aubergine and tomato plants, consumed almost daily by much of mankind. Yet a sense of mystery shrouds many other members of this vast genus. Even the origin of the name is uncertain. Why ‘night’? Why ‘shade’? It is thought that the latter possibly refers to the toxic properties of some plants, while night might refer to the fact that some flowers within the family emit a strong odour only after dark. It was only natural, therefore, to picture the main figures in the Nightshadow dynasty as they radiate after nightfall. The photographs personify the plants, give them a face and capture their character. Even so, the complexity of such deceptively ordinary plants is only gradually coming to light. Plant geneticists have recently discovered that the humble tomato plant contains over 31,000 genes - 7,000 more than a human being. But do you know who’s who in this portrait gallery? Do you know which of these plants are innocent and which are poisonous? Is this fruit eatable or deadly?


Acnistus …. Atropa acuminata Royle ..... Atropa bella-donna L. …. Anisodus carniolicoides (C.Y.Wu & C.Chen) D’Arcy & Zhi Y.Zhang …. Anisodus luridus Link & Otto …. Anisodus tanguticus P Atropa caucasica Kreyer …. Atropanthe sinensis Pascher …. Browallia …. Brugmansia .... Brugmansia aurea …. Brugmansia suaveolens (Willd.) Bercht. & C.Presl …. Capsicum annuum .... baccatum …. Capsicum frutescens …. Capsicum pubescens …. Capsicum .... Cassia dymobotrya .... Cestrum …. Cestrum nocturnum L. …. Chamaesaracha japonica Franch. & Sav… .. Cyp abutiloides …. Cyphomandra betacea .... Datura …. Datura inoxia Mill. …. Datura stramonium …. Datura metel L… .. Hyoscyamus …. Hyoscyamus albus L. …. Hyoscyamus aureus L. …. Hy flaccidus Wright …. Hyoscyamus insanus Stocks …. Hyoscyamus leptocalyx Stapf …. Hyoscyamus muticus …. Hyoscyamus niger …. Hyoscyamus pusillus …. Hyoscyamus reticulatus L. …. Hy senecionis Willd. …. Hyoscyamus tibesticus …. Hyoscyamus tibesticus Maire …. Hyoscyamus turcomanicus Pojark. …. Iochroma …. Iochroma tubulosa …. Lycium …. Lycium barbarum … chinense …. Lycianthes biflora subsp. hupehensis Bitter …. Lycianthes biflora (Lour.) Bitter …. Lycianthes laevis (Dunal) Bitter …. Lycianthes lysimachioides (Wall.) Bitter …. Mandragora …. M caulescens C.B.Clarke …. Mandragora officinarum …. Nicandra …. Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn.…. Nicotiana glauca …. Nicotiana humilis …. Nicotiana langsdorffii …. Nicotiana longiflo Nicandra physalodes …. Nicotiana ….. Nicotiana glauca Graham …. Nicotiana tabacum .... Nolana …. Petunia …. Petunia axillaris (Lam.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb. …. Petunia hybrida …. P brida Hort.Hort. ex Vilm. ex Vilm. …. Petunia integrifolia (Hook.) Schinz & Thell. …. Physaliastrum heterophyllum (Hemsl.) Makino …. Physaliastrum japonicum (Franch. & Sav.) Honda …. Physa ysalis alkekengi …. Physalis angulata …. Physalis angulata L. …. Physalis cordata Mill. …. Physalis franchetii Mast. …. Physalis heterophylla Nees …. Physalis lagascae Roem. & Schult. …. Ph ruviana L. …. Physalis ixocarpa …. Physalis lagascae Roem. & Schult. …. Physalis minima L. …. Physalis micrantha Link …. Physalis micrantha …. Solanum nossibeense Vatke ….. Physalis per Physalis philadelphica …. Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata (Mack. & Bush) Waterf. …. Physochlaina orientalis G.Don …. Physochlaina physaloides G.Don …. Physochlaina praealta Miers …. P tangutica Maxim. …. Salpichroa origanifolia …. Schwenckia americana L. …. Scopolia japonica Maxim. …. Solanum acanthocalyx Klotzsch …. Solanum acerifolium Dunal …. Solanum aculea Solanum aculeatissimum Jacq. …. Solanum aculeastrum Dunal …. Solanum aculeatissimum Jacq. .… Solanum aculeatissimum …. Solanum aethiopicum .... Solanum aethiopicum L. …. Solan num …. Solanum africanum Mill. …. Solanum alatum Moench …. Solanum aldabrense C.H.Wright …. Solanum americanum …. Solanum americanum Mill. …. Solanum amygdalifolium Steud…. anguivi …. Solanum anguivi Lam. …. Solanum angustifidum Bitter …. Solanum angustifolium Mill. .... Solanum ankazobe D’Arcy & Rakot …. Solanum anomalum …. Solanum anomalum Thonn num antalaha D’Arcy & Rakot …. Solanum apocynifolium Baker …. Solanum argentinum Bitter & Lillo …. Solanum aridum Morong …. Solanum arundo …. Solanum aureitomentosum …. Solanu Dunal …. Solanum auriculatum Aiton …. Solanum atropa .... Solanum atropurpureum Schrank …. Solanum aviculare …. Solanum bahamense …. Solanum bahamense L. …. Solanum barbise …. Solanum batoides D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum bauerianum….. Solanum benderianum …. Solanum benderianum …. Solanum benderianum A.Schimp. ex Engl. …. Solanum bequaertii … betaceum …. Solanum betaceum Cav….. Solanum betroka D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum bifurcatum ….. Solanum bifurcum …. Solanum bodinieri H.Lév. & Vaniot …. Solanum boldoense Dun …. Solanum bonariense L. …. Solanum bumeliifolium Dunal …. Solanum burchellii …. Solanum burchellii Dunal …. Solanum burtt-davyi …. Solanum burbankii .... Solanum brasilanum …. Sola vurana Vell. …. Solanum campylacanthum …. Solanum campylacanthum Hochst. ex A.Rich. …. Solanum candidum Lindl. …. Solanum capense …. Solanum capense L. …. Solanum capense (Jacq.) Bitter …. Solanum capense var. wilmsii (Dammer) Bitter …. Solanum capsicoides …. Solanum capsicoides All. …. Solanum carolinense L. …. Solanum catombelense …. Solanum cato Peyr. …. Solanum cerasiferum …. Solanum cerasiferum Dunal …. Solanum chrysotrichum Schltdl. …. Solanum chrysotrichum …. Solanum coagulans …. Solanum coagulans Forssk. …. Solan tum …. Solanum cordatum Forssk. …. Solanum corymbosum …. Solanum coccineum Jacq. …. Solanum crinitipes Dunal …. Solanum crispum …. Solanum crispum Ruiz & Pav. …. Solanum cro & R.C.Keating …. Solanum cyaneopurpureum …. Solanum damarense Bitter …. Solanum dasyphyllum Schumach. & Thonn. …. Solanum dasyphyllum …. Solanum deflexicarpum C.Y.Wu & S …. Solanum delagoense …. Solanum delagoense Dunal …. Solanum dennekense …. Solanum diphyllum L. …. Solanum distichum …. Solanum distichum Schumach. & Thonn …. Solanum Walp. …. Solanum dulcamara …. Solanum dulcamara L. …. Solanum dulcamaroides Poir. …. Solanum dunnianum H.Lév. …. Solanum elaeagnifolium …. Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav. …. Solan racanthum Dunal …. Solanum erianthum D.Don …. Solanum ferrugineum Jacq. …. Solanum flagelliferum Baker …. Solanum florulentum …. Solanum forskalii …. Solanum forskalii Dunal … forsteri Seem. …. Solanum fructutecto Cav. …. Solanum glabratum var. glabratum …. Solanum glabratum var. sepicula (Dunal) J.R.I.Wood …. Solanum glabratum Dunal …. Solanum giftberge …. Solanum giganteum Jacq. …. Solanum giganteum …. Solanum giganteum Jacq. …. Solanum goetzei …. Solanum goetzei Dammer …. Solanum granuloso-leprosum Dunal …. Solanum gu …. Solanum habrochaites S.Knapp & D.M.Spooner …. Solanum hastifolium ….. Solanum heleonastes S.Knapp …. Solanum heinianum D’Arcy & R.C.Keating …. Solanum herculeum …. Solan Lam. …. Solanum humblotii Dammer …. Solanum imamense Dunal …. Solanum imerinense Bitter …. Solanum inaequiradians …. Solanum incanoalabastrum …. Solanum incanum …. Solanum L. …. Solanum indicum …. Solanum indicum L. …. Solanum inodorum Vell. …. Solanum ivohibe D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum jasminoides …. Solanum jamaicense Mill. …. Solanum kitivuense … kitivuense Dammer …. Solanum kwebense N.E.Br. ex C.H.Wright …. Solanum laciniatum Aiton …. Solanum lamprocarpum …. Solanum lasiocarpum Dunal …. Solanum lanzae …. Solanum lic …. Solanum lichtensteinii Willd …. Solanum linnaeanum …. Solanum linnaeanum Hepper & P.-M.L. Jaeger …. Solanum litoraneum A.E.Gonç. …. Solanum luteum …. Solanum lycopersicum … lycopersicum L. …. Solanum lycocarpum A.St.-Hil. …. Solanum lyratum Thunb. …. Solanum macrocarpon …. Solanum macaonense Dunal …. Solanum macrocarpon L. …. Solanum macrothyr mer …. Solanum madagascariense var. nitens D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum madagascariense Dunal ….. Solanum madagascariense Dammer …. Solanum mahoriense D’Arcy & Rakot. Solanum chlamys …. Solanum mammosum L. …. Solanum maranguense …. Solanum marginatum L.f. …. Solanum marojejy D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum mauense …. Solanum mauritianum …. Solan tianum Scop….. Solanum maximowiczii Koidz. …. Solanum melastomoides …. Solanum melongena .... Solanum melongena L. …. Solanum memphiticum …. Solanum merrillianum Liou … memphiticum J.F.Gmel. …. Solanum monotanthum …. Solanum multiglandulosum Bitter …. Solanum multispinum N.E.Br. …. Solanum muricatum .... Solanum muricatum Aiton …. Solanum myo Baker …. Solanum myrsinoides D’Arcy & Rakot. .... Solanum nakurense …. Solanum namaquense Dammer …. Solanum nienkui Merr. & Chun …. Solanum nigriviolaceum …. Solanum nigrum ... nigrum L. …. Solanum palmetorum Dunal …. Solanum panduriforme …. Solanum panduriforme Drège ex Dunal …. Solanum paniculatum L. …. Solanum pauperum C.H.Wright …. Solanum p L. …. Solanum pimpinellifolium L. … Solanum pinnatum Cav. …. Solanum pittosporifolium Hemsl. …. Solanum platacanthum Dunal …. Solanum plousianthemum …. Solanum plousianthemum …. Solanum polygamum Vahl …. Solanum praetermissum Kerr ex Barnett …. Solanum pseudospinosum …. Solanum pseudocapsicum L. …. Solanum pubescens Willd. …. Solanum pubige …. Solanum pumilum Dunal …. Solanum pyracanthos Bojer ex Dunal …. Solanum pyrifolium Lam. …. Solanum pyracanthum Lam. …. Solanum quitoense .... Solanum rantonnetii …. Solanu Vatke …. Solanum retroflexum Dunal …. Solanum richardii Dunal …. Solanum rigidum .... Solanum robustum H.L.Wendl. …. Solanum rostratum Dunal …. Solanum rubetorum Dunal …. Solanum num Dunal …. Solanum rybinii Juz. & Bukasov …. Solanum physalifolium .... Solanum sambiranense D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum sanchez-vegae S.Knapp …. Solanum scabrum Mill. …. Solanu perianum Hochst. ex A.Rich. …. Solanum schumannianum Dammer …. Solanum seaforthianum .... Solanum seaforthianum Andrews …. Solanum septemlobum Bunge …. Solanum sodom Solanum sinaicum Boiss. …. Solanum sisymbriifolius .... Solanum sisymbriifolium Lam. …. Solanum sodomeodes Kuntze …. Solanum spirale Roxb. …. Solanum stramoniifolium Jacq. …. Solan erme Jacq. …. Solanum subrectemunitum Bitter …. Solanum supinum Dunal …. Solanum symmetricum Rusby …. Solanum terminale subsp. inconstans (C.H.Wright) Heine …. Solanum termina …. Solanum tettense Klotzsch …. Solanum toliaraea D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum tomentosum L. …. Solanum torreanum A.E.Gonç. …. Solanum torvum Sw. …. Solanum topiro …. Solanum C.H.Wright …. Solanum trichopetiolatum D’Arcy & Rakot. …. Solanum triflorum …. Solanum trilobatum L. …. Solanum triquetrum Cav. …. Solanum truncicola Bitter …. Solanum tuberosum ... tuberosum L. …. Solanum turneroides Chodat …. Solanum tweedianum Hook. …. Solanum uncinellum Lindl. …. Solanum undatum Lam. …. Solanum uporo …. Solanum usaramense Damm lanum viarum Dunal …. Solanum violaceum Ortega …. Solanum villosum …. Solanum villosum subsp. miniatum (Bernh. ex Willd.) Edmonds …. Solanum villosum Mill. …. Solanum violaceum Solanum virginianum Jacq. …. Solanum virginianum L. …. Solanum welwitschii C.H.Wright …. Solanum wendlandii Hook.f. …. Solanum wendlandii …. Solanum wrightii Benth. ….. Solanum zan Vatke …. Solandra maxima …. Streptosolen …. Streptosolen jamesonii …. Tubocapsicum anomalum Makino …. Tsoala tubiflora Bosser & D’Arcy …. Vassobia breviflora (Sendtn.) Hunz. …. W Withania adpressa …. Withania coagulans Dunal …. Withania frutescens …. Withania qaraitica A.G.Mill. & Biagi …. Withania riebeckii Schweinf. ex Balf.f. …. Withania sphaerocarpa Hepper & B


FROM NATURE TO CULTURE


MEMORY OF THE TREES


A TABLE IS THE STILL LIFE OF A TREE resting, its feet planted in a different earth. Tree rings tell their histories past the point of stillness. Planed and polished they can still be read. Their lines distinctive as those your palm displays spell their lives weather while our greasy fingers, coffee rings, dents, bashes, add patina, that time-lapsed skin of patience growing slowly towards the fate of everything that grows.

Kate Foley.


A request from the Amsterdam Museum depot to document the felling of five trees, and the processing of their timber into a ten-metre-long bench, prompted this three-part study. In part one, the Poplars were pictured in their original setting. Orange dots on the barks indicated that their fate was sealed. A two-metre-tall black backdrop defined the length of wood used in the bench. In part two, the surroundings disappeared, and the section of trunk was depicted against the backdrop, echoing the night-time settings of historical paintings. Even though all the trees are of similar age, grew in the same area and belong to the same genus, each is unique in appearance. Its trunk thickness, angle of growth, roughness of bark, amount of ivy coverage and so on set it apart from all others. These are the worn and weathered faces of organisms that have led very different lives. In the third and final phase, the portraits were printed at scale one-to-one and held up — by the depot staff — to form one composite image, ensuring that the trees live on not only in a bench but also in representations that preserve their memory.


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