sans fil

Installation Concept: Reford Garden Competition

 

An old game of passing secrets to strangers. The voice is made real through a material interface. A passage through the underworld draws a traceless structure. 

Coordinates deceive. Invisible networks complicate the transmission. Decrypt the connections by changing place. 

In this game of broken telephone, everything is discovery. Where are we? What are we doing here? The nature of this places emerges when we begin to work together. 

As autumn creeps closer, the Bluestem darkens. Golden sheaves rustle on their purpling stalks. The shadowing of colours reveals a process of absorbing minerals and the drying of organic matter. 

All things conceal, stones and stems whisper in another language. Particles of soil collect the noise of quiet things. A different story is beginning, something that has been unheard is filtering through the circuit. 

Overground, channels link. A voice connects. A message is transmitted. Who is speaking? What are they saying? 

A garden of entangled voices reminds us to listen also to those of the earth. After our speech has gone, even the wind is moved through the underground. 

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sans fil expresses the interconnected networks between species – the languages of humans and plants, and our attempts to communicate across their points of disconnect. Through the theme of playsages and a simple, sculptural installation that mimics telephone lines, we evoke the idea of a garden beyond its bounds, a space that is made and revealed, the idea of ‘place-making’ as something that happens when we begin to listen more closely to our environments. 

We enact the gesture of planting as an allusion to ‘making gardens’, but our medium is a humble grass:

 

Big bluestem (Turkeyfoot, Tall bluestem) 

Andropogon gerardii, Poaceae (Grass Family) 

Origins: native to the Prairies and commonly found throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. 

Height: grows up to 4-7 feet 

The thin needle-like blades turn a copper-red in the autumn. Bluestem encourages nesting birds and is often implemented as a decorative accent to wildflower gardens. 

 

sans fil

sans fil

sans fil: Big bluestem grass

sans fil: Big bluestem grass

diagram: underground sonic network

diagram: underground sonic network

exploded axonometric view

exploded axonometric view

sans fil rendering: process 1

sans fil rendering: process 1

sans fil rendering: process 2

sans fil rendering: process 2