Muted Fanfare for the Shy

2013
16mm film transferred to video, color, no sound
5 min 47 sec

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The film looks at the exhibitory function of a greenhouse; the collection of fragility in hope of simulating the natural habitat. On the stage the plants become fine objects. Filmed at Wilhelma Botanical Gardens in Stuttgart and entirely from the outside of the Conservatory (built 1852), the building of and its contents are animated for the camera.

Title from Farnoosh Fathi’s book of poems Great Guns (Canarium Books: 2013)
Thanks to Lutz Reitemeier, Stephan Pohl, Roberto Santaguida, Jochen Hetterich
Installation Documentation by Angus Leadley Brown