a) commemorative plate edition: series of digital collages
- The digital collages of sales photos of decorative plates decorated with apples and photographs of an overgrown apple orchard in Würzburg's Hubland pay tribute to the fluctuating processes of domestication. The principle of the memorial plate to domesticate a certain moment has parallels to the stabilisation of the Malus domestica, to whose genus the cultivated apple varieties known to us belong. Domestication, however, is not a stable or irreversible state, as the overgrown apple orchard in Würzburg's Hubland shows. The sales images of plates decorated with iconic apples not only show the cultural manifestation of a certain idea of the apple, but also point, in juxtaposition with the photos of the overgrown grove, to the efforts required to capture this idea in a system geared towards development.
b) picnic edition: Series of printable props with Susanne Schmitt, Raquel Ro and Mariana Renthel for the Urban Tree Festival, London 2021
- Trees carrying edible fruit are to be found worldwide and the mode of picnicking is a way of connecting humans worldwide through a shared attention to those well-travelled trees. Since picnicking often implies a larger group of people, a less than ideal proposition during pandemic times, a set of immaterial and printable props was offered at the Urban Tree Festival London for a picnic under a tree, that at the same time points out the complex ways in which apples and humans have evolved, travelled and settled together.