Diaspores - Field Studies in the Community Garden brings together research results that were compiled between August and November 2022 in the NeuLand Community Garden. The project is focused on wild plants that live their own existence apart from cultivated beds, independent of human care, creating valuable flora for insects and birds and playing an essential role in the ecosystem.
BEING THROWN - GROWING - MOVING
These wild plants include a variety of pioneer plants that are the first to appear on newly created habitats and can spread well over distance. They can usually grow in nutrient-poor soils and prepare the soil for subsequent growth by improving conditions at a given site. The Temporary Gallery, which sponsored the field studies, also sees itself as such a preparer.
Against the background that the NeuLand Garden will move to another location in 2023, a digital archive was created in collaboration on the one hand, in which over 100 wild plant species were recorded, and on the other hand, a seed archive that can be taken away and sown by the visitors.
NeuLand counters the human urge for functionality, expediency and institutionalization with a place of granting and giving, in which the flora outside the beds can conquer its spaces itself and without intervention. In the artistic examination of this momentum, photographs, drawings and installations were created, which are shown in a pop-up exhibition.
In the sense of a metaphorical soil improvement in the field of art, this event will not only present artistic works, but also create space for a social network between art institution and community gardens. During a joint dinner, conceived and prepared by Sofia Steffens there will be opportunities for exchange, development and deepening of relationships between artists, visitors and gardeners.
Stefanie Pluta and the CCA Temporary Gallery
Funding and support
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kulturamt der Stadt Köln