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Lasse lau
Stem - Sound from the Tropical
Experimental video, Documentary / instal | hdv | color | 33'25'' | Denmark | 2017
In the middle of Lisbon between Avenue Liberdade and the Natural History Museum lays a little gem of a garden, The Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa. It was inaugurated in 1873. The garden’s crown jewel is its subtropical collections which has a unique microclimate that enables unique tropical plants to survive. STEM is a film about the migration of plants and the beginning of botanical gardens decay. Years of neglects of the Lisbon University Garden have created a romantic environment where the garden is growing wild. The film investigates the displacement in migration and morphology of plants. And investigates some of the post-colonial environmental ramifications of transfer into new subjectivities of the"other." The film came together as is a collaboration between the filmmaker and the German sound artist Max Schneider. Together they traveled Brazil to sound record 17 unique plants. The film features an interview with professor James Clifford, author of "The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art" (1988), "Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century" (1997), and Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty First Century" (2013).
Bio Lasse Lau Lasse Lau (born 1974, Denmark) is an award winning visual artist, filmmaker, and queer and social activist. His work addresses challenges and pitfalls in the relational readings of space. His most recent film, STEM - Sound of Tropism is a film about migration of plants and botanical gardens in decay. Years of neglects of the Lisbon University Garden have created a romantic environment enabling return to the wild. The film investigates subjectivity and morphology of plants in the spray of enlightenment and colonialism. His films has shown at Beirut Art Center, British Museum, BOZAR, Cimatheque, CPH:DOX, Darb 1718, Edith-Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Festival d`arts vidéo Clermont Farrand, Fotografisk Center, Green Lantern, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Lumiar Cité, Malmö konsthall, Medrar for Contemporary Art, MOMA PS1, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea Lisboa, Museum of Resistance Torino, OCAT, Smart Project Space, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Westfälische Kunstverein and WRO Media Art Biennale. Winning 1st prize at Fokus Videokunst Festival, and an honorary mentioning at Festival Der Nationen. Lasse Lau studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Berlin University of Art and the Funen Academy of Fine Art in Denmark.