Second Site at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
Located at 37th and Oak Street in Vancouver. Opening on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2007. Different works/events will run every day through July. Hours are 11 am to 4 pm daily, unless it is raining. (Check the Calendar for more details.)
Presenting the work of Diana Burgoyne, Peter Courtemanche, David Floren, Ken Gregory, Robin Ripley, Matt Smith, and Lori Weidenhammer.
In the summer of 2007, Second Site collective presented a series of outdoor interventions and installations at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. These inventions were intended to question the connections between contemporary technology-driven industry, social constructs, and dependence on threatened agriculture and bio-diversity. The works presented at VanDusen helped to illustrate simple mechanisms of nature as well as form hybrids between bio-diversity (as opposed to bio-industry) and electronic art (as opposed to industrial technology). The pieces included hybrid sculpture that merged plants with electronics, autonomous robots based on insects, a seed collector-distributor that mimiced natural processes, and an examination of historical research about honeybee communication.
The works included: If plants could sing by Diana Burgoyne, Preying Insect Robots by Peter Courtemanche, Resin Cloud by David Floren, Gregory's Sun Suckers by Ken Gregory, Mend by Robin Ripley, Ponderer by Matt Smith, and Madame Doolittle's Auditory Hive by Lori Weidenhammer.
The works were presented as installations and interventions. Different members of the collective were on-site each day: engaged in the process of making the work, performing, and talking to the public. An essay about the show can be downloaded as a PDF file: Metabotanical: sound art and robotics in the garden.