The Green Brush
by Some Place

For Some Place, one of the most enduring design trends of the past decade is the integration of a growing number of plants into domestic and business interiors as a way to “reconnect” with nature.

A parallel trend to that of indoor plants has been to visually reduce technology, particularly in the home. While the plants have become more apparent, large and lush, the technological objects have a decreased visual presence, becoming thin, wireless and sleek.

The Green Brush is questioning these two opposing trends, looking at plants as technological objects backed by a billion dollar industry, optimised for climate controlled interiors and minimal gardening know-how.

While plants are placed in isolation in individual pots, the internet is providing an ever denser web of information, connecting computers, appliances and humans to a global network.

The installation is alluding to digital processes done in software like Photoshop, where greenwashing is applied to digital images as a layer of thin veneer. Similarly, sustainability and the use of plants in architecture is often a mere decorative feature, using the visual qualities of plants for the illusion of an integrated ecology.

At the show’s end — which will take the form of a live-streamed event — local participants will be encouraged to take home the plant sculptures, dissolving the exhibition and moving the plants into functionally domestic spaces.

The exhibition took place at MAGAZIN, an exhibition space for contemporary architecture in Vienna.

Author Some Place
Year 2021
Surface 86 sqm
Location Vienna, Austria
Team Bika Rebek, Daniel Prost, Ngozi Olojede, Axelle Dechelette, Juliane Röthig
Contributing artist Anna Paul
Contributing experts Valeria Meiller, Elena Seeger and Simon De Dreuille (Botanical Agency), Lily Kwong
Client MAGAZIN. Space for Contemporary Architecture
Photography Simon Veres

LANZA Atelier Davidson Rafailidis Architecture BRIO Studio GROSS sauermartins Oficina Bravo Emerging European Practices (2022) Towards a Cartography of Mapping Frequencies and Wavelengths

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