Feb 18 – Apr 6, 2023

Exhibition »Towards ‹Moss› Citizenship 48°47’N 9°04′”E [2023]« by Towards Species Citizenship at WUNDERKAMMER

Date: Feb 18, 2023, 19:00 Uhr

Duration: Feb 18 – Apr 6, 2023

Location: WUNDERKAMMER NATURALIA / ARTIFICIALIA, Badstraße 32, 70372 Stuttgart

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»Anechoic« by Mo Langmuir and Sam Collins

»Anechoic« by Mo Langmuir and Sam Collins

Towards <Moss> Citizenship 48°47’N 9°04′”E [2023], 2023
Clay, foraged moss, glass, metal, soil, stone, wax, wood

Moss : [division Bryophyta], any of at least 12,000 species of small nonvascular spore-bearing land plants {Encyclopaedia Britannica}

Moss is 450 million years young, the very first land plant and survivor of temperatures between -272ºC and 100ºC in dormancy. Omnipresent, often overlooked, spore-spreading root-lessly rhizoiding and hairy microhabitat-maker. A cooling influence, a stabiliser and regenerator of soils after deforestation and fire.

The ruins of the former Schloss Solitude Pleasure Gardens are still present in the landscape today. An excavated hole marks the theatre, the small lake a watery hangover from the large pond which once hosted thirty gondoliers and their boats shipped from Venice. The Pleasure Gardens were never finished, and for the most part – trees, soils and plants have »overgrown« and stated their claim.

In lands of ruin, »nature« prevails. When all life has seemingly been destroyed, roots are crackling. In dense urban areas, green shoots emerge from fractures in impermeable concrete. This too, is the nature of Mosses. Moss grows in the cracks, the edges, the boundaries, the shade.

This sculpture/monument/artifact/ruin/living community(?) by Towards Species Citizenship (Mo Langmuir and Samuel Collins) in the windows of WUNDERKAMMER NATURALIA / ARTIFICIALIA has taken form from the Terrarium. The Terrarium was weaponised as an instrument of European imperialism, enabling the colonisation of land, people and nature through the extraction and forced migration of key plants.

Advocating the civic role of Moss, the Terrarium holds an impression of the Baden-Wurttemberg »state« architecture. The facade is primarily a map, featuring 1000:1 carvings from the pleasure garden plan, 100:1 microscopic self portraiture and a 1:1 living community of Moss.

The accompanying sound piece oscillates between frequencies determined by the microclimate of the Terrarium interior, responding sonically to the water flowing through the plants in a livestream.

The installation plays with the measured and rational lens of Western science. Moss is pluralised, a species of intelligence, elegance and so-called »dominance«, elevated beyond the crude simplification of measurement and rationality.

The sound piece was produced in collaboration with Eva Dörr and Neil Luck.
The sculpture was produced in collaboration with Helmut Dietz and Yvette Hoffmann.
Voiceover extracts are from Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Towards Species Citizenship is an artistic collaboration, expanding the scientific definition of species to seeing life in all forms, whilst grounding their work in relation to current political frameworks. Their work is formed through collaboration with the total environment; local experts, fellow artists, scientists, folklore, environmental elements and the non-human community.

March 4, 2023 8 pm
In the context of the exhibition project Currently Available of Akademie Schloss Solitude an artist talk with Towards Species Citizenship (Mo Langmuir and Samuel Collins) takes place at WUNDERKAMMER NATURALIA / ARTIFICIALIA, Bad Cannstatt.

A cooperation between Akademie Schloss Solitude and WUNDERKAMMER NATURALIA / ARTIFICIALIA