exhibition view • This Art Fair • Amsterdam (NL), 2022 [photo: Hussel Zhu]

overview • This Art Fair • Amsterdam (NL), 2022

New Gardens of Eden
five-channel video installation
16:9 full HD, 50p, 00:52 min
New Gardens of Eden illustrates the production landscape of the future. In this five-channel video installation, diverse landscapes merge into one whole. Indoors and outdoors, crops and animals, floriculture and food, man and machine come together in recurring images. Most of the elements used for modern agriculture are located on site and are interchangeable. The pink orchids connect visually with the pink LED light in the cultivation unit of the ferns. The yellow lines of the tomato greenhouse mirror the perspective of the architectural lines of the orchid greenhouse. The open-air cowshed, due to its construction, resembles a greenhouse. Further, the light and air by the asparagus grower corresponds to the sky by the cows. Even though man is not visible everywhere, he cannot be absent. Technology does not move by itself. While the labour may be distributed differently and the landscape shaped differently; zoomed out, the five different production landscapes form one singular horizon, that of the new Dutch landscape.

Pink light
lighting panel ferngrower Vitro Plus
This distinctive light, with its fairy-tale pink glow, is the minimal light necessary for crops to grow. Plants only require red and blue spectra, not white light (which contains all the colours of the spectrum). Fewer colours translate into fewer costs, thereby allowing greenhouse growers to reduce their expenses. The lighting panels, floating over the ferns, mimic this diffuse light by spreading this ‘idea of sunlight’ as evenly as possible over the plants, like a blanket. The light source is on the side of the panels, whose laser pattern distributes the light in conjunction with a reflection plate.

07.07.2022 - 10.07.2022
Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 - 19:00
Sunday, 11:00 - 18:00
de Kromhouthal
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, Amsterdam (NL)

AgriValley is made possible by Creative Industries Fund NL, Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant, Kunstloc and Tilburg Makersfonds