In May 2014 I was the curator for Bio-Symphony: Music of the plants, a long-running video and sound piece by Oliver Jennings, exhibited at Royal Horticultural Societies’ Chelsea Flower Show. Supported by Damanhur in Italy and Funded by the Arts Council England.
Bio-Symphony: Music of the plants Press Release
The Cave Studios is a collaboration of two visual artists; Oliver Jennings & Ben Burtenshaw. Who’s practices deal with notions of social collaboration, skill sharing and aesthetic learning. Jennings studied atCamberwell College of Arts and works as a graphic designer/ film-maker, though his work is graphic- design in the loosest sense of the word. It is better explained as sound art. Understanding communication as a means to point directly to ether of things.
The Cave studios exhibit at the Chelsea flower show is born out of Jennings video work, every object has a spirit,in which he used alternative means of recording to find sounds hidden in architecture, everyday objects and plant life. The rest of the collaboration is made up by Ben Burtenshaw who’s involvement in the exhibit comes from an intention to to highlight the subtleties at stake within what Jennings is trying to communicate; the inner workings of a plants life-cycle.
Through audio and video medium, directly from electro-magnetic frequencies of the plants within the exhibit, visitors will witness what can actually affect a plant. Placement, light and water will all be exposed to highlight the microscopic activity within a plant.