The Horror Garden

The Horror Garden is an investigative performance and/or installation that questions the relationship between humans and plants.

Do people treat plants with enough respect? Do plants feel recognized and understood by people? Can the relationship between people and plants transcend the unlimited mutual exploitation? What can we learn about ourselves if we consider plants as the significant order and what kind of horror can this lead to? What happens when plants break out of the background of our living rooms?

© Paul McGee - Working Title Festival
© Paul McGee - Working Title Festival

When searching for an answer to these questions, Vervloessem calls on a number of horror movies in which plants frighten us. Sometimes they attack us head-on, but often the horror lies in ominously waving branches and rustling bushes. Colonization runs like a red thread through the story: colonization of territory by humans and plants, colonization of organisms, bodies and spirits… According to Vervloessem there are three locations where the human-vegetal relation comes to a climax, where the relation between humans and plants takes a stark form: the nature reserve, the plantation and the botanical garden. Places with a direct link to a colonial past. Places in which the relationship between people and plants seems tightly aligned. At least it seems. But is that really the case?

© Gosie Vervloessem
© Gosie Vervloessem
Concept & performance: Gosie Vervloessem — Dramaturgy: Einat Tuchman — Audio-recording: David Elchardus — Production: wpZimmer — Supported by: cc Strombeek, de School van Gaasbeek


Details activiteit

28.06.2019 | 19:00 - 19:45
28.06.2019 | 22:00 - 22:45


€ 5



performance in English

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