The Art of Plants – A Reading Collage in Cooperation with the Perennial Institute

The Perennial Institute is an experimental educational program created to explore the boundaries of art and design practice through the lens of plants. Plants play an important role in human experience, history and our shared future – they feed us, heal us, and give us life. We explore how creative thinkers can deepen connections with this important resource, and expand our creative practice. We believe that plants are our overlooked teachers, and by spending time with them, listening to them, and exploring their possibilities, we can grow together, for a better future.

The program brings together creatives, cooks, scientists, foragers, herbalists and more in the pursuit of experiences, knowledge, experimental practices and new awareness. (The summer education program will take place in Berlin from August 19-25, 2018.)

Aimed at artists, designers and those interested in plants. Each day participants will explore plants in new ways from sensory perception to ethnobotany, arrangement, drawing, scent, Berlin community gardening, and more. It will culminate in individual experiments around the city of Berlin.

The following is a high level outline of the program schedule. On the evening of Sunday, August 19, there will be a a meet and greet with drinks, and a special performance:

Monday, August 20

Sensory Tuning Day
Forest and Garden Exploration
Scent Distillation with Scent Club Berlin

Tuesday, August 21

Foraging Day
Foraging with Andrew Rewald
Foraged Arrangements at
Contemporary Food Lab

Wednesday, August 22

Berlin Botanical Garden Day
Floriography with Lilia Luganskaia
Drawing with Shota Nakamura

Thursday, August 23

Arranging Day
Composing with Plants: An
Ikebana Inspired Experience with
Martina Della Valle and Satoko Hatayama

Friday, August 24

Making Day
Creating Pieces/Performances
for an Experimental Exhibition in Berlin

Saturday, 25 August

A Day of Experiments
Exhibition Experiments throughout Berlin
Final Reading + Discussion at Zabriskie Bookstore

The Perennial Institute was cofounded by: Jai McKenzie and Julka Almquist.

Jai is an artist and researcher with a PhD in visual art from the University of Sydney, Australia. She has taught art and design students at Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Technology Sydney. Jai has spent the last six years engaged in Berlin’s contemporary art scene, and has worked for local artists Haegue Yang and Olafur Eliasson.

Julka is a designer and researcher with an interdisciplinary PhD focused on design and ethnography from the University of California, Irvine. She has taught design students at Art Center College of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Julka was a designer at IDEO and now has a freelance design and research practice based in Minneapolis.