IN / OUT

2016

A ritual space, providing mental calibration by establishing a symbiosis between sheltered plants and a participant – in reference to religious systems.

CONTEXT The modern mind is constantly processing. With an ongoing trend of pursuing one‘s own idea of an ideal life, consequences need to be taken – personal responsibility is highly demanded, the downside being pressure. According to rising numbers of stress related illnesses, it seems to be difficult for many to find moments of time off.

At the same time, one can observe the deconstruction of Religious systems. Religion seems to be fighting the question of being contemporary, it is in large parts institutionalised, attached to ideologies and comes in many cases with a cult of personality and tight social control. Nevertheless, it clearly does have some positive effects on health, for example a lower cortisol level can be traced amongst believers. Facilities such as church services, with their strict choreography, function as spaces where one is taken out of daily life. Time works in a different way, room is provided for contemplation and opportunities are offered to outsource responsibility for a specific period.

In/Out speculates what is needed, until one cares for one’s own mental health in an autonomous way. Can one make use of the above mentioned tools in isolation, without an ideological apparatus in the background?

SETTING

Comparable to a keep-fit trail focusing on breathing, posture and mindfulness. a ritual is introducing a symbiosis between plant and participant. A human-being constantly produces moisture and
co2 whilst plants need both to grow and to perform photosynthesis.
The objects operate as a connecting interface. Practicing the ritual promotes the well-being of both parties, in consequence the plant’s condition reveals the state of health. Therefore, the plants become
your activator and a controlling system.

SEQUENCES

I In order to begin the trail you release pressure by exhaling consciously into a jar with Marimo Algae (Aegagropila linnaei). Exhaling into the jar provides CO2 and hence the Marimos are turned, both promoting the plants photosynthesis and for it to stay in its round shape.

II The second situation offers a space to calm down underneath a cupola of air plants (Tillandsia). The herbaceous, durable plants don‘t have any roots, they obtain moisture and nutrition from air and dust. When lying under the dome, the moisture and CO2 that the human body releases rises right to the plants.

III The last partition offers a fresh gasp of oxygen. Through a tube connected with a Bowstring Hamp under a glass dome you inhale fresh processed oxygen. The Bowstring Hamp is one of the most effective air-cleaning plants known. With a soft bow towards the mouthpiece and a deep inhale of clean oxygen the botanic relaxation trail finishes.


in cooperation with Benjamin Schief mentored by Judith Seng sponsored by Doetterer Pflanzen & BWF Feltec