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species in a gallery

As part of the exhibition ‘I am Braziliality’, (part of Hackney Wicked festival, in East London) our collective Franco Turner Tchais exhibited the first ‘gallery’ experiment of our project Introducing new species.

We did a video and card box installation based on our on going action in a derelict building and also in the experiment that was done with card boxes as part of the ‘sharing art’ project.

The video installation consisted on 3 videos, which were titled Analogy (on human species), Anatomy (on vegetal species) and Integrity (on artistic species).


more about the species

I will explain more about our collaborative project “introducing new species”

It is an ongoing collaborative project between me, Milo Tchais and Rapha Franco. The work is taking place in a derelict building in SW6, London.

The idea is to explore the artistic and biological possibilities of the site, adding new plants to the soil and combining this action with spray-painting on the wall. We intend to entroduce new life and new possibilities of art and critical though to this environment.

The building has been empty for many years and there is a wide range of weeds growing there, as well as countless graffiti-artists that visit and visited the place throughout the years… We are planting new plants species (few types of ivies and mixed flower seeds) to the site and combining their growth process with forest-like paintings (by Milo).

My work has to do with the documentation of the process by film and photos. As is a long project, directly related to the time the plants take to grow, it needs a good documentation. I’ve posted already the video I’ve done from the first visit we’ve done, and I am currently working in the next one.

This series of photographs are from Rapha Franco, he does this kind of series work, with different locations in which he is working on.

new species

Our project “introducing new species” is getting bigger and every time we go to the factory is a new experience! the site changes so fast with the collaboration of the species, is in beautiful and very interesting.

In our last visit Rapha found a tomato tree and blackberries, and we were even able to eat some… it wasn’t the planted by him so the origin of these trees stays a mystery…. We pretend to have more 2 ou 3 visits before presenting these projects for art galleries to be able to show what we’ve done and to continue to adapt this work in different sites.

my documentation of our last visit:

species, 1st video

Now is ready the first video of the project “Introducing New Species” that I am working on together with the artists Milo Tchais and Rapha Franco.

As we’ve been in the factory this saturday for the 3rd time I am already working on the second footage that I’ve got. soon will be online as the first…..

Introducing new species

“Introducing new species” is a project that is being developed since the beginning of March 2010 by the graffiti artist Milo Tchais and the fine art artist Raphael Franco. I am taking part on it filming and registering the long process as it might take more than 2 years to be ready.

It consists on ‘introducing new species’ to an empty factory on south London, mixing plants and nature with paint and graffiti in the middle of the concrete. Rapha is planting creepers and flowers and Milo is painting an interaction with the new growing plants.

I intent to create a dance and movement performance as well with a dancer, to be done and improvised while they work with the plants and paint.

We have already been there 3 times and I am filming everything and editing little by little. First video is ready but needs some alterations so will be uploaded soon.

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