The Traveling Plant « Preparatory Logbook »


Time has come. We are GO for the Ars Electronica Festival 2020, together with 120 other Ars Electronica Gardens around the world.

During Ars Electronica Festival 2020, The Traveling Plant is preparing its journey by compiling a collective „Preparatory Logbook“. People are asked, in a caring hosting tradition, to tell the plant what it could expect to discover and experience along it’s voyage.

Until September 30th 2020, everyone is welcome to send his/her own contribution to travelingplant20 AT using the online form available on the project website. An edited selection will be added to the invited texts.

Please do read the information on the website (most of your questions find answers there) and on the form. Contributions that do not match the format or without proper copyright release form will be rejected.

         Excerpts from the logbook

The following quotes are from some of the contributions to the Logbook. Full texts available on the project website.

> « Good morning TP! Is it ok to call you TP instead of traveling plant? Here on Space Station, we use abbreviations a lot. I am in the midst of preparing your arrival. We have this really nice greenhouse which will become your home soon. » Barbara Imhof

> « Singapore is the strange child of the Southeast Asia family. Many popular and trendy houseplants like Southeast Asia for its humidity, warmth and bright sun, but those in Singapore find themselves yearning. Our forests are made of concrete buildings and our rivers are made of asphalt. » Mengju Lin

> « Imagine our traveling plant as a matrix for language invoking deeper knowledge of ourselves, maybe even giving insight on the multiverse. Our traveling plant is not just any plant, we are talking here about a plant which is itself the vehicle allowing us to travel through time and space, through the junction of our synapses to the core of our pineal gland where lucid dreams may unfold. » Eléonore Hellio

> « Dear traveling plant, you are going to love visiting Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud – that is, if you manage to get through immigration. See, New Zealand has learned from the past when settlers brought plants and animals that are now destroying the native ecosystem. But you are not a plant of an invasive species, are you? » Anne Niemetz

> « My name is Balapan, I’m an atomic lake. Yes, I am radioactive, but I hope this won’t petrify you much. My name in Kazakh means a ‘nestling’. Aliya Sakhariyeva

> « Swedes love Nature. Beware of them. They might eat you up. Stop them from all that! Sharpen your Thorns! And you will travel safely ». Pierre Guillet de Monthoux

Seeding this project has brought us a lot of joy. We hope you will find as much pleasure and solace contributing new texts or just reading the existing ones as we did.

The Traveling Plant is deliberately a slow process/project, we’ll need some time to get back to you, but we shall!

The Seed Team: Annick Bureaud, Tatiana Kourochkina, Marta de Menezes, Claudia Schnugg, Robertina Šebjanič.


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