Institutional parasite

A dandelion shoot parasitizes an electrical floor socket in the exhibition space and grows there artificially for the duration of the exhibition.

Tending to this plant sets a precedent in the institution: permitting the use of the electrical system as a flower bed and providing a category of care which the exhibition fitters and gallery staff are not accustomed to providing. The growth of this plant in the exhibition area involves an adjustment in the customary dynamic of the artistic institution – not only for staff, but also for visitors finding themselves before a work which has a different temporality and which changes each time they visit.

The title of the work is inspired by an essay by Janna Graham about new institutionality and the idea of the “Institutional Para-site”.