The exhibition ”In the Greenery” brings together three sound installations, where memory, forgetfulness, loss, and transformation are at the heart of the narrative. The installations can be experienced separately, but together they form an intricate web of references and interrelations. As a visitor, you enter an acoustic and visual environment composed of light, sound, green plants, constructions, and suggested actions. A narration unfolds that revolves around light and image making; memory and meaning; attempts to capture words and to control images. Four characters stand out as key figures, for whom the relation between the concrete world and its representations has been turned upside-down. Neither language nor sight can be taken for granted anymore.
“Greenery” may refer to foliage, the main organ of photosynthesis, or to greenhouses, environments designed to enhance rapid growth and development. What kind of growth and transformation the different apparatuses in the exhibition have to offer though, is an open question.
The exhibition is a part of Janna Holmstedt’s research project as PhD Candidate at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, Sweden
Concept and realization: Janna Holmstedt
Duration: approximately 40 min. in total
Narrators: Orenda Fink, Janna Holmstedt, Jo Rideout, Matt Wycoff, Alex VoiceOver
The scores contain excerpts from: Inventory of the Crypt of Civilization time capsule, hosted by Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Mind of a Mnemonist, and The Man with a Shattered World, by A. R. Luria. Metamorphoses by Ovid, Book Eight.
Produced by: Teatr Weimar/Wlabs, Malmö, Sweden
Realized with support from: Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Konstnärliga forskarskolan, Teatr Weimar, and IAC