In her lecture at Malmö Art Academy Bryndís will talk about her research based art practice in particular the cross disciplinary VR project “Beyond Plant Blindness” that she and her collaborator Mark Wilson took part in and concluded with a site specfic installation in the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg last year.
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir works collaboratively with the artist Mark Wilson. Their art practice is research based and socially-engaged, exploring issues of history, culture and environment in relation to both humans and non-human animals. Their artworks have been exhibited internationally and they have delivered papers on art and animal studies worldwide. They are currently working with Anchorage Museum, Alaska as part of ‘Polarlab’ towards a group exhibition in 2018 and a solo-exhibition in 2020. From 2015-2018 they took part in a cross disciplinary research project into ‘plant blindness’ funded by the Swedish Science Council resulting in a site-specific installation in the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg.
Bryndís is a Professor and MA programme leader at the Icelandic Academy of Arts and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, UK. She was an associate research professor at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University from 2015-2018. Previously (2009- 2015 ) she was a Professor and a PhD supervisor at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and during 2013-2015 together with Mark Wilson she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art in the U.S.A
For more information on her work and research see: www.snaebjornsdottirwilson.com
“Beyond Plant Blindness: To See the Importance of Plants for a Sustainable World”
Life as a plant may appear static and quiet. But recent research shows that plants often have both complex and social lives. Previous research has demonstrated our general inability to pay attention to plants. For many reasons, not least their very different temporality, it is considered to be human nature to ignore the plant world and to perceive it instead as a green backdrop and resource only. But plants are the basis of life on Earth. Put quite simply; plants are the new animals —objectified by science, deprived of ethical considerations, and exploited by capitalism. Culturally, like animals, plants have been subjugated through complex representational strategies. This is why it is also important to look at the presence of plants in past artistic representations before engaging with contemporary practices that attempt to upturn plant objectification. How can what we have learned through years of animal-studies research assist us in crafting new methodologies that might bridge relations between us and the ultimate otherness of plants?