Follow the Plants

2023-34

Food Art Research Network is developing the project in ongoing collaboration with Bio Art Society, Finland

Follow the Plants is an experimental artist exchange project that germinates multiple iterations to situate artistic practices within and among creative lives of plants. The project asked each artist to share longer term embedded research practices with another artist. Who will then in turn take on their co-respondants research  questions to learn more about the movements of plants, people and practices of kinship across territories. This process asks how can we as artists and curators collaborate with plants, as growing, decaying, and metamorphosing beings that shape the places they inhabit.

Follow the Plants is the result of a slow practice of curatorial and artistic research which has explored how our worlds interconnect, rethinking not only the environmental impact of settler societies but the forces of monopoly commerce, plantation logics and resource extraction on the lively socialites of plant-human communities. It’s also an exercise in carefully metabolising each other’s research, to learn how to think the world through anothers questions and to practice sharing custodianship of collective knowledge.

Follow the Plants is initiated and curated by Madeleine Collie with curatorial associate Yvonne Billimore.

The research phase has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Research for the project was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and by a grant from Monash University Curatorial Practice.

Food Art Research Network is developing the project in ongoing collaboration with Bio Art Society, Finland

The research is part of Food Art Research Network’s program throughout 2023- 24, additional partners have included State of Concept Athens, Villa Romana Italy