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Fragrance – 2013

Cocktail of Aldehydes which bring strong ionized notes, menthol for freezy notes and norlimbanol to give to the scent a technological aspect.

 

In May 2012 we flew to Svalbard, an archipelago which constitutes the northern part of Norway, to take a look at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the most pessimistic seed bank in the world. It is nuclear resilient and keeps a duplicate of all the seeds necessary for food from all around the world.

 

We did the action “Devenir graine” (in english: Becoming Seed), a silent protest shot in May 2012 in front of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. We are both huddled, trying our best to become seed, searching eternity near this ark. The title “becoming Seed” is reminiscent of the Deleuze and Guattari’s*concept of “becoming animal”, considered in a contemporary vegetal perspective : active immobility and invisible resources. ** To the hyper-urgency of the topics addressed in our works, we respond by contemplation, active immobilism (Becoming seed) and intensity.
SEED is a poetic gesture, a reflexion on the empty, of the materiality of an artwork, an attempt to deal with the idea of conservation and climate-controlled environments.

 

* Gilles Deleuze & Felix Gattari 1980. A Thousand Plateaus. Trans. Brian Massumi. London and New York: Continuum, 2004. Vol. 2 of Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 2 vols. 1972-1980. Trans. of Mille Plateaux. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit.
** Francis Hallé, Éloge de la plante, Pour une nouvelle biologie, éd. Seuil, octobre 1999.

Opening of the exhibition Barents Spektakel 2013 with Luba kusovnikova, artictic director and the Norwegian Minister Of Culture Hadia Tajik.
Photos: Tanja Thorjussen.