life/forms 2.0 | Königin der Nacht

2 Sep 2018

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A sonic and organic/machinic installation by Johannes Büttner and Bastian Hagedorn, which is based on the Queen of the Night cactus and feeds off social media content.


‘Königin der Nacht’ or Queen of the Night is the vernacular name given to a rare species of cactus. The Selenicereus grandiflorus hardly blossoms in its lifespan, but when it does it is always at night, with the white vanilla-scented petals having wilted and died before dawn.

This Königin is an even more peculiar type. Growing in the half-dark, it doesn't feed on organic matter – instead you can help with the fertilization process and bring her to life. But the fertilizer may be hard for us to provide... 

Performance by Johannes Büttner and Bastian Hagedorn. 
Starting 5pm
Sunday 2 September



This event is part of ��������/forms. Download the free publication that accompanies this series via lucycowling.info.

The series started with:

��������/forms 1.0 | To want to be what you are at Chisenhale Studios, Sunday 5 August with a masterclass in mimicry and manipulation for ambitious orchids, led by Anna Frijstein.

It continues with:

��������/forms 3.0 | Wild Combination at Flat Time House, Sunday 16 September with a guided tour on how to be wild, time travel and other peculiar classifications of living beings, led by Lou Lou Sainsbury.

��������/forms 4.0 | Grid Games: P-iD vs π-eD at PEAK, Sunday 21 October with a movement class and participatory performance by Rachel Cheung, led by Piedad Albarracin Seiquer as a simulated AI.


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Johannes Büttner

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