A Foreigner's Guide to Deathworld
(Left) Digital Collage by the artist, (Right) Photo of the Artist at the Launch site by Matthew Rana
‘A Foreigner’s Guide to Deathworld’ was hosted by SIGNAL gallery (Malmö) as part of their group performative series : ‘To the east and to the west, two planets appeared on the horizon’ read more.
It is a multimedia space-opera and audioguide tour of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens that took participants on a playful exploration of a fictional planet full of dangerous nature. The tour is narrated by a bilingual automaton who mis-translates between Swedish, Danish and English as it weaves a narrative of plants that can sing, imitate shapes and cut through other animals.
‘A Foreigner’s Guide to Deathworld’ reads like an allegory for the differences in language and psychology that exist between countries, such as Denmark and Sweden, which are remarkably close but also far apart. Our differences are constantly being traversed and navigated by the inhabitants and visitors who rely on the loose human constructs of home and country to understand the world around them. A garden is an artificial construction that allows plants from other places to thrive, a botanical garden is a terraforming that turns the inhospitable into the hospitable.
What does being foreign mean? To which place and which distance can the foreigner travel and for how long can they stay there before they become part of this place?