Pia Rönicke & Nanna Debois Buhl – Københavns Universitet

Pia Rönicke & Nanna Debois Buhl

Copenhagen Landscape Lectures Spring 2018

”Outside the Garden” is the title of two events in the Copenhagen Landscape Lectures held at IGN, Institute for Geoscience and Nature Resource Management, in the section for Landscape Architecture and Planning. These lectures feature four artists that all relate to different landscapes in their works, and there will be two artists in dialogue at each lecture; Maria Finn & Camilla Berner 26.2, and Pia Rönicke & Nanna Debois Buhl 23.4.

The methods and tools by which we document our interaction with certain landscapes, be it urban nature in Copenhagen, man made sand dunes in Køge or rare plants in Mexico, are an integral part of the works developed by these artists. But what these works also have in common is an awareness of how the interplay between developers, users, as well as explorers, defines how we label these places.

April 23 at 16:00 Pia Rönicke & Nanna Debois Buhl
Auditorium von Langen

The lectures take place at The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C, and are open for all. The events are followed by an informal reception.

Pia Rönicke

Rönicke presented in her exhibition “The Cloud Document” at Overgaden in 2017 the result of her research about the Danish botanist Frederik Liebmann’s journey to Mexico 1841 – 43, where he collected over 50.000 plants. To update his research and the tools that he used, Rönicke her self travelled to Mexico, where she, together with two Mexican botanists, collected the same kind of plants that Liebmann had found, as well as additional species. These were gathered in a similar manner as Liebmann used, with visual DNA registrations of the plants as an addition to the dried examples. Furthermore Rönicke documented the trip into this landscape in a dual projected video, and presented together, the different forms of documentation raise questions concerning representation, authenticity and memory.

Nanna Debois Buhl

Debois Buhl has in her work “intervals and forms of stones of stars” mapped the environment in Køge Bay Beach Park, a large man-made beach landscape, with tools that were used in the early stages of photography. William Henry Fox Talbot used cameraless photographic methods to depict objects such as plants, and August Strindberg experimented with “celestograms” with which he hoped to capture the stars. Debois Buhl uses these cameraless techniques to capture plants, insects, and particles in the landscape in Køge Bay Beach Park today, and in this pro­cess opens up for thoughts on the human intervention in this area. The historic photographic methods make us rediscover the content of the landscape and question how it came to appear the way it does today. Through photographs, field notes, and conversations, her artist’s book “intervals and forms of stones of stars” further unfolds the reflections on this anthropocene biotope, its botany, and its cultural context.