Research and shape-shifting outputs from January to July 2018
Concept / Realisation : Émilia Giudicelli & Grégoire Paultre Negel
A production of Institute for Micro Utopian Practices / Co-production : Gessnerallee Theaterhaus Zürich / Funded by : Stadt Kultur Zürich, YAA pro Helvetia / With the support of Helmhaus Museum, Botanisches Garten der Universität Zürich, Zürich Tanzt!,CAC La Traverse, Alps Art Academy
Trans:plant Y (series 2018) proposes an attempt to link the vegetal life-cycle and its metaphysical implications so as to reflect on the nature of making performing art as means to divert from conditioned cultural reflexes.
TRANS:plant Y cares for combining the process of articulating questions embedded in political ecology, and the process of healing as a way to make sense. We more generally wonder what could be the therapeutic dimension coming from the intention to think and act in alternative ways? It is an investigation that relies on the paradigmatic potential of the vegetal substance. According to recent research discoveries, the plant is the most destabilizing, the most intense and the most radical form of “being-in-the-world”. It precedes knowledge and brings us closer to the intelligent principles of matter.
TRANS:plant Y settles in the writings of Emanuele Coccia and Michael Marder. Both of them reconsider our ways of thinking and doing through the prism of the metaphysics of plants. In Plant-Thinking, Marder identifies the existential features of plant behavior and the vegetal heritage in regards of human thought. He is nothing but reconstructing the life of plants “after metaphysics,” focusing on their unique temporality, freedom, and material knowledge. In his formulation, “plant-thinking” is the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants, as much as the process of bringing human thought itself back to its roots and rendering it plantlike. The seed for instance inspires a type of subconscious containing its own immanent principle of self-realization.