Lindsey French - "Phytovision"

Dates: Monday, December 3, 12:15-1:50pm

French discusses her exhibition, Phytovision, and her work on plant perception, and reads from Land of Words, a selection of poetry by plants that she edited for the journal Forty-FivePhytovision facilitates phytocentric experiences, reworking digital video for plant perception. On a standard screen, a digital image is constructed from three primary colors – red, green, and blue – designed specifically for human eyes with these three cones. Most plants perceive light in the spectrum of red and blue. Plants also perceive gravity, and electric fields, and water content of soil and air, and touch, and sound, and a host of chemical interactions, airborne or passing through the soil. For p11, video portraits of old growth white pine, hemlock, fern, and forest flowers are filtered for the light spectrum of plant perception and slowed to plant time, while airborne molecules are released into the air as olfactory communication. Phytovision, as both a practice of perception and a plant-oriented media, begins as an experiment to destabilize the primacy of human vision, and quietly opens a number of modes of perception beyond the clear distinctions of our human senses.

Please view the show announcement for additional information. 

Location Information

Space p11 is located within the Pedway, a network of pedestrian tunnels and bridges, commercial spaces, government facilities, transit stations, and other public and private infrastructure threaded throughout the Loop, in the heart of downtown Chicago.