Caroline Vitzthum – From Soil to Weave (recording available)
Caroline Vitzthum is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, sculpture, textiles, and film. Developing projects between Austria and the UK, her practice explores themes around our interconnectedness with the vegetal world, thereby challenging a patriarchal and exploitative attitude towards our environment. Current research areas include ethnobotanical studies, the evolution and philosophy of plants as well as ancient farming methods. She is a 2020/21 Graduate Fellow at Spike Island in Bristol and the 2021 Artist in Residence with Somerset Film.
Caroline will introduce ‘Endling’, a digital work incorporating film, thermography, and sound. The piece is part of ‘From Soil to Weave’, a research project exploring the cultivation and ancient symbolism of flax. Developed during the flax’s flowering stage, ‘Endling’ represents a point within the growing cycle and is concerned with the wider ecological impact of its cultivation and interconnectedness with the insect world. ‘From Soil to Weave’ explores a sustainable method of fibre production, whilst ‘Endling’ exemplifies a symbiotic relationship between production and a wider ecology.
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