Last Thursday I was at the opening of a show by the art group Tropisme in the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, not far from where I live. The work by this group is made through new media, i.e. the state of the art scanners and other photographic examinators. The images are basically ‘just’ print-outs of the new technology. But still, they examine plants, the making of. They zoom in on the nature of nature… isn’t that the hardcore of all art? As in Nature Inspires Art? The way nature is made is fascinating, and if you look at some of these images, it leaves you in awe. Awesome, incredible.
What you see is images of existing plants, animals and landscapes caught on camera by röntgen, microscope and hyperbolic lenses. Some are electro photogrammetrics. And I say ‘existing’ as you will doubt what you see. Apparently a birch carries pollen that look exactly like mines at sea, like you know them from a comic strip, and a slice of an ordinary wild flower looks like a vulva shaped sanctuary.
I love to look at ordinary things in a different way 🙂
The show is in the Palmhouse of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, until September 15.