Hortus Conclusus

Arnoud van den Heuvel
February 2nd 2008

hortus conclusus

This weeks peculiar image is a work by Zeger Reyers. In 2001 he vaccinated some everyday objects - found in the basement of Rotterdam Art Centre Witte de With - with oyster mushroom spores. Shortly afterwards, colorful fungi sprouted from archive boxes, furniture and fire hoses.

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Reyers (1966) is known for his installations in which he confronts the artificial, man-made world, with the forces of nature and their miraculous beauty.

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hortus conclusus - 2001

More recent work:

hard water

hard water - 2003

lux flex 2006

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lux flex - 2006

aqua boogie 2

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Posted 18/02/2011 – 16:08

I find this also an interesting comment on the primacy of art over administrative activities or public safety. The artist is lauded for destroying archives and for destroying firefighting equipment.

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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