Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger
Since 1997, they co-create immersive in situ installations. Transformation, proliferation and crystallization function as fully fledged components their work, which metamorphoses according to the chemical reactions that develop within it. Viewers are invited to dive into a fantastical vegetative universe, or to participate in experiments that awaken their senses and mind. The artists’ installations, which are as unsettling as they are enchanting, forge links between antagonistic worlds, proposing to observe the strange laboratory of the living with its biodiversity and to ponder notions of fertility and growth.
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger live in Switzerland. They participated in Expo02 with the gigantic “Heimatmaschine”. At the 2003 Venice Biennale they represented Switzerland with a delicate “Falling Garden” inside San Stae church and other invasive installations at the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa Japan, in the baroque Library in St.Gallen, at the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville, at the Moscow Biennale and more recently at the Kunsthaus Bregenz. Their permanent installation “Vegetative Nervous System” is shown at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
PROJECT IN RIO
We like to see various gardens and get an insight how land is cultivated. Special interests are permaculture and agriculture projects around Rio.
We like to learn more about the plants that grow in Rio, how these plants communicate, what happens in the root systems underground.
We are interested in the water management of Rio. Where does the water come from? How is it cleaned? Where does it go to?
Linked to those encounters is the book “The Life of Plants” A Metaphysics of Mixture from Emanuele Coccia, that we will read in Rio.
“We barely talk about them and seldom know their names. Philosophy has always overlooked them; even biology considers them as mere decoration on the tree of life. And yet plants give life to the Earth: they produce the atmosphere that surrounds us, they are the origin of the oxygen that animates us. Plants embody the most direct, elementary connection that life can establish with the world.”