This project is inspired by the historic and problematic concept of 'freak shows'. From the Middle Ages onwards, freak shows were a popular form of entertainment. Before 1900 freak shows were the main attraction of cheap museums and human eccentricity was the king of museum entertainment. It was not until 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, that profiting from the misfortunes of others was finally considered wrong. After this, mankind turned its attention to animal shows. As human respect for and protection of animals matured, animal shows eventually fell out of favor with people's entertainment.
Inspired by the above, we imagine a worldview in which humans turn their attention to the aesthetics of the hunt for plants, and we try to design a museum of monstrous plants, controlled through the mantra of the water gods, to create a plant freak show. In this way, we hope to bring the audience into our worldview and experience nature in a new dimension after human over-interference. Ultimately, plants will become 'freak artworks' created in a carnival of human curiosity and aesthetics.
We chose to listen to plants whose appearance features resemble different human organs, including the eye-like Actaea pachypoda Misty Blue, the brain-like Brain Cactus, and the bone-like Maranta leuconeura, to impose these characteristics on different "pain plants", Create an empathetic experience for the audience.
Flytrap is the pain of being teased and unable to eat normally, rainbow succulent is the pain of being persecuted by "poison" and unable to grow healthily, the green jade vine is the pain of being pierced by nails and rope training. These deformed plants will perform a natural "tragedy" directed by humans.
Through music, installations, digital film, and scorebooks, the audience is substituted into our stories, experiencing man-made nature in a new dimension. The installation will include three different sculptures of freak plants, with plant roots filled with water and earphones hanging from the roots. The audience can take off the earphones and listen to different "Mantra of the water god" together with the plants.
The scorebook on the music stand records the music scores corresponding to the different freak plant features. The soil is sprinkled with coins to reflect the enthusiasm for freak shows in cheap museums in the past.