Growing Grass from Carpets

Ruben Baart
November 6th 2016

Austrian artist Martin Roth brings Persian rugs to life with the cultivation of grass, working with a sensual ephemerality and pointing to the Western countries’ yearning to impose their culture on other populations, in an attempt to ‘improve’ them.

Martin Roth brings Persian rugs to life with the cultivation of grass

From May to June 2012, Roth grew several different species of grass on a collection of valuable rugs in a castle in Austria. Drawing on the representations of botanical life, the artists created a garden, whose limited lifespan is matched by its inherently experiential quality. His living installation is currently presented as part of the exhibition ‘Riptide’ at the Korean Cultural Centre UK in London, where visitors can get a glimpse of the ephemeral nature of the work.

Martin Roth brings Persian rugs to life with the cultivation of grass

As Roth explained, his aim is to explore the "poetics in everyday life". His growing carpet is just one of his artificially constructed installation works. In 2012 he flooded an entire gallery and in 2010 he released 50 crickets inside an industrial building to alter the soundscape of the building.

Source: The Creators Project

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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