The City From a Plants Perspective: Mapping NYC as Native Flora
is a collaboration between Choreographer Lise Brenner, Curator of Native Plants Ulrich Lorimer (at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden), and Landscape Architect and Visual Artist Katrina Simon. The residency was held during July – October, 2007, in NYC.INITIAL CONCEPT:
BASIC METHODOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE:
ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN (roughly in chronological order):
CONEY ISLAND, Friday, October 5, 2007, 5pm; Coney Island / Nathan’s, Brooklyn, NY.
Plants, Movement, and Landscape 1
The idea that plants can move around, even hundreds of miles away, is quite alien to some people. It is a process that occurs on a time scale much larger than our lifetime and is therefore hard to grasp immediately. I have a lot of faith and hope in our local ecosystems and their ability to restore themselves to equilibrium. Uli Lorimer
I found concentrating on movement in its many aspects a rich way to consider the potential and inherent resilience of the plant world. Katrina Simon
Plants, Movement, and Landscape 2 (Time)
I realized that what I was interested in was ‘found choreography’… landscape as the locus for research into movement: quality, juxtaposition… the differences between ecological/biological/human/built/natural etc timeframes… For me this is all fundamental to the craft (and discussion) of choreography and dancing. Lise Brenner
Plants, Movement, and Landscape 3 (Succession, Dispersal)
In the public events, we started with the plants, and the habitat, which is how we ourselves started; it was our point of reference. Our goal was to encourage people to see more, or differently, and the plants gave a focus and a reason for doing that. Lise Brenner
Plants, Movement, and Landscape 4 (Disturbance)
…when open but a few more eyes to the natural splendour which exists at the edges of our city, then those enlightened people can begin to value such spaces. The more people value natural areas, wherever and as they are, the closer we can come to the equilibrium I spoke of earlier between urban and natural environments. Uli Lorimer
Project Bibliography – Download as PDF
Ulrich Lorimer is Curator of Native Flora at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A graduate of the University of Delaware Plant Science Department, he has nurtured a lifelong passion for the outdoors, native woodlands and their plant communities. He teaches at the garden on soil and pest management as well as on native and invasive plants.
Katrina Simon has a background in both architecture and landscape architecture and is currently Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has received numerous design awards for ideas competitions and collaborative urban design projects, and has published articles on design research, design criticism and cemetery history and theory. Her research includes an ongoing exhibition practice which explores cartographic representation of landscape, in particular the relationships between three dimensional form and two dimensional representation, most often explored through objects and 2d works in series which range in scale from 1:500 000 000 to 1:1. This work also explores the actual performance of making map projections and markings, and tries to cultivate an appreciation for subtlety and difference in landscape experience and representation.
Jennifer Monson, Artistic Director, iLAND, Inc.
iLAB 2007 is supported in part by the Robison Foundation.