During the covid19 shutdown in April 2020, I decided to extend my vegetable garden. One of the packets of seeds that I had were Purple Dwarf French beans.
Looking closely at the beans, I was reminded of Tim Ingold’s book ‘The Life of Lines‘ which I had used extensively in my Brexit project in 2016. In the book, Ingold states that ‘every living being is a line or, better, a bundle of lines.’ (Ingold P.3) and that ‘what lines have, is torsion, flexion and vivacity.’ (idem P.4). With this in mind, I posted on Facebook a request for a street dancer to contact me to collaborate on a project. Silvia Orazzo responded and, together, we are putting a film together featuring my seed images, Silvia’s dance and a sound track made up of birdsong which had become so audible during the shutdown, and which is again relegated to a sometimes-heard background now that the rules regulating our transport movements are being relaxed..
This is how the beans developed from 2 weeks to 4 weeks:.
Their development was quite dramatic. I decided to keep 2 in a glass jar so that I could see the roots developing. When they are 2 months old, I shall put them in the bed with the others.
I decided to do a montage of elements of their development in a manner inspired by @emilyfiller :
All images are copyrighted by Anna Goodchild 2020.
Since this article was written, The Box has written to confirm that this collaboration was not shortlisted for the micro-commission.