Daniel Rios Rodriguez, The Botanical Mind

The Botanical Mind at Camden Arts Centre

24 September - 23 December 2020

Camden Arts Centre, London

Daniel Rios Rodriguez

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Nyctanassa, 2018, oil nails, rope, wood, aluminium, acrylic, river stone, Texas mountain laurel bean on wood panel, 116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in 
The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree brings together the work of over 50 artists, spanning more than 500 years, to investigate the ongoing significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness and spirituality. In doing so it highlights the subjectivity and being of plants, their influence on various knowledge-forms and wisdom-traditions, and how we engage with and activate them in culture, counter-culture, art and music.
Originally conceived as an exhibition – which was postponed to September 2020 due to the lockdown – the project continues to grow into new forms and launched online in May 2020. Including a new series of podcasts, films, music, images, writing and commissions, artists and thinkers will expand on many of the ideas and issues raised in The Botanical Mind, issues that are now more relevant than ever.
A 224-page fully illustrated publication was launched in June 2020 as a companion to the overall project, including essays by the curators and contributions from scholars from the main areas covered by the exhibition: alchemy; art history; plant ontology; Gaian ecology; anthropology; and ethnobotany. It is be available to buy online as a resource for people enjoying the online content from home as well as accompanying the exhibition.
Curated by Gina Buenfeld and Martin Clark
Eileen Agar / Anni Albers / Josef Albers / Consuelo Chelo Gonzalez Amezcuelo Amexcua / Gemma Anderson with Wakefield Lab and John Dupré / Anna Atkins / Jordan Belson / Annie Bessant and Charles Leadbeater / Karl Blossfeldt / Carol Bove / Kerstin Brätsch / Andrea Büttner / Santiago Ramon y Cajal / Adam Chodzko / Ithell Colquhoun / Bruce Conner / Das Institut / Mirtha Dermisache / Minnie Evans / Cerith Wyn Evans / Charles Filiger / Robert Fludd / Giorgio Griffa / Brion Gysin / Friedrich Wilhelm Heine / Ernst Haeckel / Anna Haskel / Tamara Henderson / Channa Horwitz / Textiles from the Huni Kuin (Kaxinawa) people/  C.G. Jung / Joachim Koester / Rachid Koraïchi / Hilma Af Klint / Emma Kunz / Yves Laloy / Ghislaine Leung / Linder / Simon Ling / André Masson / John McCracken / Henri Michaux / Matt Mullican / Wolfgang Paalen / Paul Paun / Steve Reinke and James Richards / Edith Rimmington / Daniel Rios Rodriguez / Textiles and ceramics from the Shipibo-Conibo people / Penny Slinger / F. Percy Smith / Janet Sobel / Philip Taaffe / Fred Tomaselli / Delfina Muñoz de Toro / Alexander Tovborg / David Tudor / Lee Ufan / Scottie Wilson / Terry Winters / Adolf Wölfli / Bryan Wynter / Henriette Zéphir / Anna Zemankova / Anica Zurn / Deuzimar Peu Yawanawá / Tsatsawanu Yawanawá / Xinayura Yawanawá
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