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    Power Plant, Kunsthalle Nord, Aalborg

    2018

    Part human, part tree, the liminal being in Stella Geppert’s video BUSK appears to have no other purpose than to charge through the empty rooms of the abandoned building. This alone is a provocation in relation to an architecture once constructed for maximum functionality and productivity. That the tree-clad spectre haunting the industrial complex also displays strong signs of anger and confusion adds further insult to injury–such states of mind are clearly at odds with the cultural narrative and ideology of rationality. But although borderline creatures such as this one might at first be associated with all that which isn’t rational modernity–neither plant nor human, subject or object, they are not easily defined or categorized and carry multiple meanings and functions–hybridity is exactly what modernity has produced. Science and technology have opened the boundaries between nature and culture in previously unprecedented ways. Genetically modified crops, prosthetic limbs and Artificial Intelligence are just some examples of this burgeoning field of uncertainty. Perhaps Geppert’s scuttling tree, an oxymoron if ever there was one, is addressing this tangle of stories modernity likes to tell of itself, and the reality it is actually producing. (Lisa Rosendahl: Aalborg, 2018)

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